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With Toy Story 4 looking to continue the franchise, it looks like there's going to be a need for some new characters. That means it's time for new voices, and Patricia Arquette is the first new talent to be looking to come aboard.
The Wrap broke the news that Arquette is in early negotiations to play a role very similar to that of her Academy Award winning performance in Boyhood. Her character in Toy Story 4 is described as a, "laid-back mom, who's described as a hippie," and that's about all that we know thus far. Taking this new detail into the mix with everything else we've learned over time, we're starting to wonder where this new mother fits into the picture.
Considering that the Toy Story shorts thus far have been bringing back Bonnie and her mother each outing, it was assumed – but unconfirmed – that she would be coming back for Toy Story 4. However, now that we know that Patricia Arquette is going to be playing a new mother character, her return isn't so certain. If Bonnie's coming back, where would Arquette's new mother fit in? Odds are, she would either be a replacement for the current actress, or she would be the mother of a new friend of Bonnie's. While the former possibility wouldn't be surprising, the latter has us really thinking.
Thinking back to Toy Story 3, we learned that Bo Peep somehow left Andy's house through either being sold, thrown out, or other means. What if Patricia Arquette's new mother character has a young child that somehow possesses either the original Bo Peep or a new Bo Peep that doesn't know who Woody is? Even if it's the original Bo, she might not remember who Woody is, and the film will turn into a sort of 50 First Dates romantic comedy where the two need to learn how to exist in a relationship again. Considering Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are on scripting duties, and their first splash was with the romantic dramedy Celeste And Jesse Forever, this theory starts to gain some steam.
The only real thing we know is that Pixar is looking to bring Toy Story back again, and in a way that isn't too similar to the first trilogy of films. With the brand new love story in the works, John Lasseter and his team are already halfway there. All that's missing are new and interesting characters to interact with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen's legendary figures, and Patricia Arquette's new mother is a step in the right direction. It'll be interesting to see who else comes on board, should Arquette sign onto the project, considering the first new cast member will be a recent Academy Award winner. Maybe they can hire Dame Judi Dench to play a fellow hedgehog thespian to pal around with Timothy Dalton's Mr. Pricklepants.
Toy Story 4 is set for release on June 15, 2018.