LIGHTYEAR is the Toy Story spin-off that no one could have imagined. The film, which will be based on the Star Command character Buzz Lightyear that inspired the toy that audiences know and love, will be a space adventure unlike anything else in the franchise. But when is the film set to be released?
Although it may not seem like a long time since fans last saw their favorite starman in Toy Story 4, this Buzz Lightyear is nothing like the character from the original film. Tim Allen will not be providing the voice of the hero because he will be doing something that the first little toy could only dream of… returning to Star Command. Buzz Lightyear will be reimagined in Lightyear’s world, based on the adventures that influenced the action figure.
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Lightyear will make its theatrical debut on Friday, June 17 this year, following its initial confirmation in 2019. It will be released on the same day around the world, and there will be no announcements about when it will be available for streaming.
Due to the fact that this is a Pixar film and that the studio is owned by Disney, the film will almost certainly be released on Disney Plus following its premiere. Typically, films are available for viewing on the platform for at least 45 days before they are released, so the earliest they could be available is August 2022.
Many of Pixar’s films, on the other hand, have made the last-minute decision to only be available on streaming services. This is the case for Turning Red, which will be available exclusively on Disney Plus starting on March 11. It’s possible that Lightyear will avoid going to the movies, though nothing has been confirmed at this point.
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Lightyear 2022 Cast
Chris Evans, who played Captain America in the film, is the voice of the title character. He will be filling in for Tim Allen, who will not be appearing in this episode due to scheduling conflicts. Following the announcement that he would be taking on the role, the actor released a statement about what it means to him to be a part of the Pixar family.
He penned the following: “Even though the phrase “a dream come true” is frequently used, I’ve never felt it more strongly in my life than I do right now. Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a deep affection for animated films. What an honor it is to be a member of the Pixar family and to collaborate with such talented individuals who tell stories unlike anyone else. It’s nothing short of a miracle to watch them at work. Every day, I pinch myself in the ribs.”
Finally, following the release of the second trailer, the expanded voice cast for the film has been confirmed by the studio. Stars such as Keke Palmer from Scream Queens, Dale Soules from Orange is the New Black, and Taika Waititi from Jojo Rabbit are set to portray Buzz’s cadets.
Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez, and Isiah Whitlock Jr will all be joining the cast in unconfirmed roles, as will Mary McDonald-Lewis and Efren Ramirez.
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However, despite the fact that this film is an origin storey for Buzz Lightyear, this does not necessarily imply that it is a prequel to Toy Story. Because Buzz Lightyear appears in the Toy Story movies as an action figure, the focus of this film will be on the Buzz Lightyear character who is the inspiration for the action figure.
To make his solo feature-length directorial debut, MacLane, who previously co-directed Finding Dory, pitched Lightyear to Disney, and the following is what he had to say about the process:
Following Dory, I was looking to make a feature film, and I pitched a number of different ideas. “What was the movie that Andy (from Toy Story) went to see?” was the gist of my most recent pitch. “Why don’t we just make that movie?” says the director. Obviously, when it comes to Small Fry, Buzz is a character with whom I’ve always felt a strong connection. Small Fry was having a lot of fun with the mythology of Buzz at the time. It was something with which I was completely at ease. The character Buzz has been a long-time project of mine ever since I began working at the studio. When I first saw Toy Story, he was the character I was most excited about, primarily because he’s a fantastic-looking toy that is very robot-like and deals with science fiction, which is something I enjoy reading and watching.