The trailer provides context to how the young test pilot became the titular Space Ranger that made way for Andy’s iconic Buzz Lightyear action figure. “After a full year of being marooned on this planet, our first test flight is a-go,” Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans, says in the preview before embarking on an adventure through space.
“Buzz’s world was always something I was excited about,” said director Angus MacLane in a statement. “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.”
Keke Palmer, Dale Soules and Taika Waititi join the cast as a squad of dedicated recruits, while Peter Sohn plays Buzz’s robot companion Sox. Elsewhere, the cast includes Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
“The cast for ‘Lightyear’ is truly a dream team,” said MacLane. “Each of the performers immediately inhabited their character, which gave us the opportunity to play a bit during recording sessions. This resulted in a level of specificity that elevated the material and brought additional depth to the characters’ relationships. It has been a privilege to work with such a talented and generous cast.”
Lightyear will premiere on June 17, 2022. Watch the trailer above.
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