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  • Writer's pictureAaron Fonseca

Lightyear Story Trailer Introduces Buzz's Original Sidekick - and His Toy Story Nemesis

Disney and Pixar released the first full trailer for Lightyear.

The trailer features Chris Evans' Buzz Lightyear battling aliens, taking on an android kitten sidekick and fighting a robot that appears to be the inspiration for the evil Emperor Zurg.

Lightyear was announced in December 2020. As confirmed by Evans at the time, the film isn't about the Buzz Lightyear Toy Story fans are familiar with (voiced by Tim Allen) -- rather, it's "the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on." This is further supported by Disney's new Lightyear synopsis, which reads, "The sci-fi action-adventure presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear—the hero who inspired the toy—introducing the legendary Space Ranger who would win generations of fans."

"He's a really good comedic actor, he's a really good dramatic actor, and he's really good at action," director Angus MacLane previously explained when discussing casting Evans as Buzz. "When we pitched it to him, we saw how easy he was to work with and how excited he was for the project. Once he agreed to do it, we started recording, and it was a really natural fit; it couldn't have gone better. It's such a breeze every time we work together. Chris is such a great partner for the film, creatively and spiritually. He's just so excited and just really positive about it. He's exactly who you think he is. He's awesome!"

Along with the new trailer, Disney announced the additional cast members joining Evans in Lightyear, including Keke Palmer, Dale Soules and Taika Waititi as a trio of Space Ranger recruits and Peter Sohn as the aforementioned feline companion Sox, as well as Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr. "The cast for Lightyear is truly a dream team," MacLane said. "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 launches into theaters June 17.

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