During the summer of this year, the universe of Pixar's popular Toy Story franchise will become even larger. The upcoming film Lightyear will depict the story of the real-life astronaut Buzz Lightyear, who served as the inspiration for the franchise's iconic toy space ranger, Space Ranger Sam.
The picture is currently scheduled to hit theatres on June 17, 2022, according to current plans.
Director Angus MacLane stated in an interview with Fandango that he was an avid admirer of science fiction and that recreating the origin tale of Buzz Lightyear would provide him with an opportunity to explore a science fiction plot.
“Can you tell me the name of the movie that Andy viewed when we were making Toy Story?” MacLane wondered aloud, alluding to the sci-fi picture set within the universe that served as inspiration for the franchise's toy Buzz Lightyear.
With the release of the current Lightyear trailer, we now have some useful storyline information regarding what audiences can expect from the origin story of their favourite space ranger. With that in mind, let's take a look at all we know about the actors, the plot, the release date, and everything else that will be revealed before the film's theatrical premiere this summer.
So, What Exactly is the Story of Lightyear?
However, despite the fact that this film is an origin story for Buzz Lightyear, this does not necessarily imply that it is a predecessor to Toy Story. Because Buzz Lightyear appears in the Toy Story movies as an action figure, the focus of this video will be on the Buzz Lightyear character who is the inspiration for the action figure.
To make his solo feature-length directorial debut, MacLane, who previously co-directed Finding Dory, presented Lightyear to Disney, and the following is what he had to say about the process:
What We Know About the Cast
Fans of the Toy Story film franchise are well aware that Tim Allen has provided the voice of the iconic space ranger since the first film in the series was released in 1995. Allen, on the other hand, will not be repeating his part in this movie. Instead, Chris Evans will be taking over the role of Buzz Lightyear in the next film Toy Story 3.
Evans expressed his excitement for the job in a tweet from October 2021, stating, “I'm looking forward to it.” “I spent a significant amount of my childhood watching animated movies [sic]. They served as a getaway for me. This is the story of my travels. My aspirations. They opened my eyes to the wonders of storytelling and performing for the first time. ‘Thank you' doesn't even come close to expressing my gratitude.”
At this time, no members of the Toy Story franchise have been confirmed to make an appearance in the next feature film. Taika Waititi and Keke Palmer will play Izzy Hawthorne and Alicia Hawthorne, respectively.
Efren Ramirez will play Diaz, Dale Soules will play Steel, Isiah Whitlock, Jr. will play Burnside, and Efren Ramirez will play Diaz and Efren Ramirez will play Diaz (Morrison). Buzz's artificial cat buddy Sox will be voiced by veteran Pixar director and animator Peter Sohn, who has worked on numerous Pixar films.
Emperor Zurg, Buzz Lightyear's archenemy, is reportedly expected to make an appearance, though he has not confirmed this.
What Exactly is the Plot?
Lightyear is an origin story that focuses on the character who would go on to inspire the Buzz Lightyear action figure that serves as the face of the Toy Story franchise, alongside unlikely friends such as Woody the Cowboy, Mr. Potato Head, and Rex the T-Rex. Lightyear is directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by John Lasseter.
“The sci-fi action-adventure tells the definitive origin tale of Buzz Lightyear — the hero who inspired the toy — and introduces the iconic Space Ranger who would win generations of admirers,” according to the studio.
When Is the Lightyear Movie Going to Be Released?
Lightyear is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2022, three months after another Pixar feature, Turning Red, which will be released three months after Lightyear.
Despite the fact that we've only seen a small portion of what Lightyear has to offer, the fact that it looks this fantastic is a testament to how much time and effort the entire team put into making this film, even if they weren't constantly working in the same spot.
What is certain is that the success of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings at the box office has encouraged Disney to provide theater-only releases to many of their movies in 2021, and presumably everything after that.
Unfortunately, after Disney announced that Turning Red would be the third Pixar film in a row to premiere exclusively on Disney+ at no additional cost, the chances of Lightyear receiving a standard theatrical release decreased significantly.
Considering that Lightyear is already based on an established IP, it appears doubtful that the film would face the same fate, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Is there a Trailer for this Film?
Yes, an official teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 has been published, and it provides fans their first look at the man who was the inspiration for the Buzz Lightyear action figure that has appeared in all four of the original Toy Story films.
With music from David Bowie's Starman as the background, the clip depicts Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear shooting off into space and finding himself in a variety of fascinating and dangerous scenarios!
In addition, a new trailer has been produced for the film!
Lightyear is an origin story that focuses on the character who would go on to inspire the Buzz Lightyear action figure that serves as the face of the Toy Story franchise, alongside unlikely friends such as Woody the Cowboy, Mr. Potato Head, and Rex the T-Rex. Lightyear is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2022, three months after another Pixar feature, Turning Red, which will be released three months after Lightyear.