Tom Hanks reveals Toy Story 4 is in production

The actor is recording dialogue for his character Woody

Tom Hanks has revealed that he is currently recording his dialogue for animated children’s film Toy Story 4.

Speaking on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show about his involvement in the latest instalment of the Pixar franchise, he said, “We’re now recording Toy Story 4… it will be out in 2018, so it takes a long time.” He added later, “I have a recording session on the second of December.”

After the release of Toy Story 3, when Hanks told a reporter that there would be a Toy Story 4, Hanks says he was contacted by Disney’s lawyers the following day, explaining his contractual obligations not to discuss the new film in case it affected Disney’s stock market price. Hanks said he responded, “Hey, I’m sorry, but let me just point out – I’m Woody, pal.”

The actor also talked about the strenuousness of recording dialogue for four hour-sessions, saying, “My diaphragm gets a workout. By the time I’m leaving I’m driving home and they had to put an ice chest on my diaphragm just so I can go home because it’s clenched throughout.”

See the full interview below:

Earlier this year it was confirmed that the fourth instalment in the animated franchise – originally due in summer 2017 – had been pushed back in the US to June 15, 2018. It will be released in UK cinemas on July 13, 2018.

Disney Pixar confirmed last November that Toy Story 4 was in the works with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprising their popular roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear respectively.

Disney Pixar’s president recently revealed that the sequel will not continue the story from Toy Story 3. Instead, the eagerly anticipated sequel will be a “separate story” designed as a “romantic comedy”.

Disney also announced in November that Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have signed up to write the animated sequel. The pair previously penned the acclaimed 2012 comedy-drama Celeste & Jesse Forever. Jones is also known for her acting roles in Parks And Recreation and I Love You, Man.

Josh Cooley, described by Disney Pixar as a “rising star” of its creative team, will co-direct alongside John Lasseter, who helmed the first two Toy Story films. Cooley served as a storyboard artist on films including The Incredibles, Cars and Ratatouille before working his way up to Head of Story on this year’s Inside Out.