Chris Evans Heads to Space in 2nd Trailer for Pixar’s “Lightyear”

The second trailer for Pixar’s Lightyear is here (not to be confused with David Lynch’s mysterious project with the same title). Lightyear stars Chris Evans as none other than Buzz Lightyear, one of the original superstars of the Pixar canon that helped launched the animation studio in 1995’s seminal Toy Story. That original Buzz, voiced by Tim Allen, starred alongside Tom Hanks’ cowboy Woody and a whole room full of talking toys that changed animated films forever. Now, 27-years later, Buzz Lightyear is getting his own origin story with Chris Evans voicing the younger, pre-Toy Story Buzz. Lightyear comes from director Angus MacLane,  and presents the real story of the man who inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy that was introduced in that first Toy Story. 

The second trailer offers some new footage of MacLane’s film, revealing how Buzz and a slew of his fellow astronaut-adjacent friends are marooned on a distant planet. Their hope for escape rests in Buzz finding a way to navigate a ship home to rescue everyone, but it won’t be easy.

Luckily Buzz has Sox, a robot cat (voiced by Peter Sohn) and a lot more friends to help him on his mission. MacLane has said that he’s always wondered what adventures the real Buzz got into as a Space Ranger that made Andy in Toy Story want the toy Buzz as his constant companion. Now, MacLane has made that adventure into a feature film, and Lightyear will harness Buzz’s built-in goodwill, Chris Evan’s built-in goodwill, and Pixar’s incredible stable of talent and their history of delivering cutting-edge, emotionally resonant animated features.

Joining Evans and Sohn in the cast are Keke Palmer, Dale Soules, Taika Waititi, Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Check out the second trailer below. Lightyear lands in theaters on June 17, 2022.

Here’s the official synopsis from Pixar:

Lightyear is the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear—the hero who inspired the toy—follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure. “Buzz’s world was always something I was excited about,” said director Angus 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.”

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Featured image: TO INFINITY… — Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” is an all-new, original feature film that presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans)—the hero who inspired the toy—introducing the legendary Space Ranger who would win generations of fans. © 2021 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


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