Chris Evans has always been at the top of the list for voice actor choice for Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s latest animated film, Lightyear . In the 4 Toy Story films , Buzz is always voiced by Tim Allen. However, Lightyear is the “real” version of Buzz, not a toy. Lightyear is a film about a Space Ranger named Buzz Lightyear. This character is the inspiration for Andy’s favorite toy in Toy Story. Together with Lightyear , Pixar will explore the true nature of Buzz. This time, they will show a more realistic Buzz. Many have questioned why Pixar decided to cast Chris Evans as the voice of Buzz. According to director Lightyear
, Angus MacLane, Chris were the only people who were actually considered for this role. In addition, the inclusion of Captain America as Buzz in Lightyear is also to distinguish the original Buzz character in this film and the toys in Toy Story .
“I wanted this film to have something like gravity and seriousness, but also have actors who can bring comedy to that seriousness. He is the first and only choice. I don’t have a number 2,” Angus told Collider .
Angus praised Chris who he felt really understood exactly the material of this film. Chris is also considered to have a sense of responsibility to find a translation of the character, for the larger context of this sci-fi film and can actually convey it. According to Angus, he was the creative partner throughout the process.
“It was very clear from the start. It’s like ‘If you wanted to do a legit sci-fi about Buzz Lightyear, who would you hook up with? Yes, Chris Evans.’ You need someone with star power. If this is live-action , who will do it? He can do both. Even though his chin would be really weird in live-action , you wouldn’t be able to get around it,” said Angus, quoted from ComicBook .
Angus and his friends at Pixar also wanted Chris to join their team. And, it was clear that Chris was very happy to accept the offer. The Steve Rogers actor admitted that he was very happy when he was lined up to voice Buzz.
People who know me know that I really like animated films. I can’t believe I was able to be part of the Pixar family and work with these truly brilliant artists to tell a story like no other. Watching them work was like magic.
On Twitter, Chris said that he was excited to watch the Lightyear teaser trailer . He can’t wait for the film to be released next year. In addition to the teaser trailer , Disney/Pixar also released the first Lightyear poster .
“I got goosebumps. Every time I watch this trailer . Or listen to a Bowie song. Or thinking about whatever it is between now and July, because nothing has ever made me more happy and grateful than knowing that I was a part of this and basically, it’s always been on my mind,” Chris tweeted.
Lightyear is directed by Angus MacLane. The film is slated for release on June 17, 2022. Lightyear will be Pixar’s second film to be released next year after Turning Red .