13-year-old Fil-Am actor Yonas Kibreab takes lead in Pixar’s ‘Elio’
The universe is calling and this time, Filipino-American actor Yonas Asuncion Kibreab is summoned to take on a new role.
From a tennis enthusiast to an emerging actor with a lot of recent projects, the 13-year-old now stars as the lead in “Elio,” Pixar’s latest out-of-this-world film offering.
As confirmed in the teaser trailer, it suggests that viewers will be embarking on a journey with Kibreab’s Elio beyond Earth, depicting the initial encounter between the planet and aliens. They make contact with Elio’s mother, who seems to be engaged in a classified project aimed at establishing communication with extraterrestrial beings.
Before becoming Elio, the Disney actor began his career as a tennis player, creating humorous and engaging tennis-related Instagram and Vine videos with his father. It was then that the US Tennis Association approached him, asking if he would be interested in becoming a “kidcaster” for the US Open in New York.
From then on, everything fell into place. Apart from Elio, the Los Angeles native star has also been on the rise, taking on significant roles in different Disney productions like “Pupstruction,” “Pretty Freekin Scary,” and Star Wars series “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
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Kibreab’s diverse range of roles has also led him to a performance in the second season of the Netflix series “Sweet Tooth.” He made his first appearance in the 2019 season finale of “Silicon Valley.”
The forthcoming animated movie, which is set for release in spring 2024, marks the animation studio’s 28th feature film.