The story of the beloved Buzz Lightyear came to an end with the end of Toy Story 4, but the story of Buzz Lightyear, the actual Space Ranger is still to be told. However, this will change in 2023 with the release of Pixar and Disney’s Lightyear. During its Investor Day presentation in December last year, Disney announced that Pixar was finally coming up with a solo story about Buzz Lightyear, the man who went on to inspire the toy. Surprisingly, the character will be voiced by Captain America himself, Chris Evans.
Chris Evans Will Voice Buzz Lightyear
Fans have been waiting eagerly to see what the new movie will look like, and how Chris Evans will sound as Buzz Lightyear. The movie is not going to release until next year but Pixar and Disney revealed the first footage from Lightyear this week. However, the first teaser trailer has officially been released online and you can check it out below!
While the voice of Buzz Lightyear in all four Toy Story films was done by Tim Allen, the voice of Woody was done by Tom Hanks. The Buzz featured in those films was a toy modeled after a Space Ranger that quickly became one of the most popular toys in the country. Unlike the other toys in Andy’s Room, Buzz believed he was an actual Space Ranger, and that it was his job to stop the evil Emperor Zurg from causing destruction across the galaxy. He eventually discovered that he was just a plastic figure (thanks to an unfortunate flying accident and a terrifying tea party), and he owned his role as one of Andy’s favorite toys.
Lightyear To Release In 2023
The version of Buzz featured in Lightyear will be very different than the one we’re used to, but this won’t be the first time the character has existed as something other than a toy. Buzz Lightyear of Star Command was an animated TV series that aired on The Disney Channel in 2000 and 2001. That show followed the adventures of the Space Rangers at Star Command, with Patrick Warburton voicing Buzz. A film called Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins kicked off the events of the series, though Allen remained the voice of Buzz for that title.
Angus MacLane directed Lightyear for Disney and Pixar, and the film is set to arrive in theaters on June 17, 2022. It will be the second Pixar movie released next year, following the debut of Turning Red.