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Pixar’s Coco Will Pay Homage to Iconic Artist Frida Kahlo

✨🌀✨Magia es tener la oportunidad de darle voz a aquella mujer que me enseñó el poder y la fuerza detrás de mi propia voz. ••• Natalia Cordova-Buckley joins the voice cast of Disney Pixar’s “Coco” @pixarcoco as legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Originally from Mexico, for Cordova-Buckley this is a dream come true as Frida Kahlo has been an iconic idol to her. ••• ✨“I’ve been chasing the spirit of Frida Kahlo my entire life, so to be able to give voice to the woman that taught me the freedom and strength of my own, is not just an honor but profoundly magical!”. ✨ ••• The ensemble voice cast also includes Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Edward James Olmos and newcomer Anthony Gonzalez. ••• “Frida Kahlo is a captivating icon in Mexico’s history,” said director Lee Unkrich @leeunkrich . “Her art, strength and resilience inspired us in so many ways. Natalia’s role in “Coco” pays homage to Ms. Kahlo, her work and the people of Mexico who love her.” •Directed by Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. Thank you @carlahool for being an ambassador of my dream. Gracias! @fridakahlo #FridaKahlo #Pixar #pixarcoco #mexico

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Natalia Cordova-Buckley has taken on her dream role of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in animated form, as she’ll be voicing the iconic artist in a cameo for Coco. The actress shared her excitement on Instagram, sharing, “I’ve been chasing the spirit of Frida Kahlo my entire life, so to be able to give voice to the woman that taught me the freedom and strength of my own, is not just an honor but profoundly magical!”

Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich has previously described the new Pixar film as a “love letter to Mexico,” and the inclusion of the Kahlo, to which he cites her “art, strength, and resilience” as inspirations, reflects this. Cordova-Buckley’s Kahlo will likely appear in the film’s Land of the Dead, perhaps as an inspiration for the film’s own young artist.

The synopsis for Coco reads:

“Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.”

Coco opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.

(via CBR, image: Disney)

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