To infinity … and before!
Here is our first look at Lightyear, the Disney/Pixar origins story of Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story films. Check out the trailer above.
Chris Evans takes over the titular voice role from Tim Allen, who handled the duties in all four Toy Story features and myriad shorts and spinoffs. Set to David Bowie’s “Starman,” the Lightyear trailer follows our hero as he takes a first test flight “after a full year of being marooned on this planet.”
Joined by robot cat Sox (Peter Sohn), young Buzz encounters the expected turbulence on his intergalactic journey, which includes an encounter with “just a massive robot.” (Guess who!)
The voice cast also includes Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Dale Soules, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
The pic was written by Pete Docter, the Pixar veteran and three-time Oscar winner for Animated Feature (Soul, Inside Out and Up) who also shared an Original Screenplay Oscar nom for the original Toy Story. The pic is directed by Angus MacLane, a first-time solo feature helmer who directed the entertaining 2013 short Toy Story of Terror!
“Buzz’s world was always something I was excited about,” said first-time solo director MacLane. “In Toy Story, there seemed to be this incredible backstory to him being a Space Ranger that’s only touched upon, and I always wanted to explore that world further. So my Lighytear pitch was, ‘What was the movie that Andy saw that made him want a Buzz Lightyear toy?’ I wanted to see that movie. And now I’m lucky enough to get to make it.”
The film opens June 17 in theaters.