Captain America’sChris Evans is taking on the role of Buzz Lightyear in the newPixarmovie entitledLightyear. The official teasertrailerwas released today.
Evans’ role will be slightly different from the Buzz we remember from Toy Story. He’s playing “the original Buzz Lightyear.” Most fans were left unsure of what that might entail, but the short trailer dives into more of what that actually means.
Director Andy MacLane, who co-directedFinding Dory and multiple Toy Story shorts for Pixar, shared the inspiration behind the upcoming film withEntertainment Weekly.
“’Set in the world of Toy Story‘ is kind of weird. Another way to get at it, it’s a straightforward sci-fi action film about the Buzz Lightyear character,” MacLane, shares withEWover a Zoom call. “In the Toy Story universe, it would be like a movie that maybe Andy would have seen, that would have made him want a Buzz Lightyear figure.”
MacLane also clarifies thatLightyearis Buzz Lightyear’s personal story, and it has no direct affiliation with theToy Story franchise.
“The movie doesn’t end and then you see Andy eating popcorn,” the filmmaker details. “This is its own thing… This is standalone. It’s the Buzz Lightyear movie. It’s that character but as the space ranger, not as the toy.”
Over the years, fans discovered few things about Buzz from the original Toy story Films, initially voiced by Tim Allen. The toy is based on the Buzz of a popular sci-fi franchise, a character who’s captain of the Universe Protection Unit of the Space Ranger corps from the Intergalactic Alliance.
“When you hear about the Buzz Lightyear of Toy Story talk about his space ranger-ness or Star Command, it’s very much a one-note amalgam of sci-fi cliches, which is the point of that movie,” MacLane illustrates. “If you were going to make that world real, you can’t have it constantly feeling like it’s this derivative thing.”
Fans should anticipate an epic sci-fi film inLightyear. The trailer opens with Buzz locking into a rocket, powered by a mysterious crystallized energy source that allows him to shoot around the sun without getting burned.
According to MacLane, fans will see more from the mysterious energy source throughout the film. Get ready for a wild Buzz Lightyear ride.
Pixar’sLightyear is set to premiere on June 17, 2022.