Chris Evans is taking us to infinity and beyond!


Toy Story fans, get ready – Disney and Pixar released the trailer for their upcoming film, Lightyear, the astronaut who inspired Woody’s beloved toy (voiced by Chris Evans).



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Longtime Pixar animator and director Angus MacLane tells ET, “‘Lightyear’ is not a Toy Story movie — or at least, not exactly. It’s a clever meta take on an origin story crafted by who found a unique way to explore a new side of the beloved hero  Buzz is a character I’ve always been pretty interested in and connected to, since I started on Toy Story 2 as an animator, and I’ve always been kind of drawn to him.  I’ve always been curious about Buzz’s world, like, the world of the Space Rangers and the world of Star Command.”

“The sci-fi action-adventure presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear—the hero who inspired the toy—introducing the legendary Space Ranger who would win generations of fans,” according to the film’s synopsis.



Angus also admitted that Chris was their ‘first and only choice” for the role, having already proven himself  skilled at playing an earnest hero with a self-deprecating smirk,’ “To me, the comedy comes from the character really believing, being really serious about it, but also knowing how to make that funny in that seriousness.  Chris had shown that in spades for Captain America.  He’s been such a joy to work with and such a partner in developing this alternate take on the character and really made it his own.  It’s been such a wonderful experience. So, I’m so happy he’s exactly who you think he is. And he’s really good at his job,” he shares.


In an Instagram post, Chris writes:


“Working with Pixar is a dream come true. I’ve been a massive fan of their films since the very beginning. My team could barely contain their excitement when they told me that Pixar had a pitch for me. All they said was ‘Buzz Lightyear’. I didn’t know what that meant, since Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear, and no one could ever touch his performance. I needed to know how this character was different and why this story was worth telling. I can say 2 things with absolute confidence:

1.. I didn’t stop smiling through the ENTIRE pitch. Ear to ear.

2. Everyone can rest easy. And get very excited.

Trust me when I say that they REALLY know what they’re doing over there. This one is gonna special, and it doesn’t step on a single thing. I can’t even put my excitement into words. I smile every time I think about it.”



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Lightyear is set to premiere in theaters on June 17, 2022.

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