Last week, Disney and Pixar's Lightyear received its first teaser trailer. Epic in scale and truly the latest in a long line of releases that showcase the studios' advancements in their craft, the sci-fi spin-off is set to tell the definitive origin of 'real life' Space Ranger - Buzz Lightyear - the man that inspired the best-selling toy in the Toy Story universe.
Speaking to D23.com, director Angus MacLane explained how the film was pitched to studio heads - "Maybe there was a movie starring Buzz Lightyear, and that’s what Andy saw that made him want a Buzz Lightyear action figure. Why don’t we just make that movie—and make it awesome?"
Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame, Knives Out) voices the beloved hero in this new film, taking on the mantle which has been carried by Tim Allen (Toy Story, Galaxy Quest) since 1995. Evans called the role "a dream come true" when asked about the film, celebrating the animators' stellar work - "I can’t believe that I get to be a part of the Pixar family and work with these truly brilliant artists who tell stories unlike anyone else. Watching them work is nothing short of magic. I pinch myself every day."
Evans' praise is undeniable with the teaser showing Buzz slingshotting the Sun in a Star Command shuttle, set to David Bowie's legendary Starman and making this new Pixar venture look like their very own Interstellar (2014). The return of 'Zurg-Bots' from Toy Story 2 (1999) and direct-to-video spin-off Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000) are also teased through large yellow drones stamped with a 'Z' and an ominous glowing purple chamber obviously teasing the return of Toy Story's very own beloved Darth Vader parody - Evil Emperor Zurg.
Despite a premise that takes some time to explain, it is difficult not to look forward to the release of Lightyear. The Pixar team continues to prove themselves at the top of the animation game and Evans' excitement for this project is simply addictive, promising a love letter to Toy Story and sci-fi fans alike.
Lightyear is set for a Summer 2022 release in cinemas.