To infinity and beyond!
Prepare the launch pad and set your coordinates to space, because the first trailer for Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” has finally taken off.
With Chris Evans lending his voice to the Space Ranger, Lightyear tells the story of “the original Buzz Lightyear” the spaceman who inspired the iconic action figure Sheriff Woody became pals within the Toy Story films, per Entertainment Weekly.
The trailer is filled to the brim with (literally) out-of-this-world action, including Buzz as a seeming novice test pilot blasting off into the sun, exploring an alien planet, and marveling at his classic Space Ranger costume.
Watch the trailer below:
Playing to the tune of David Bowie’s “Starman,” the first trailer was enough to move many sentimental millennials, including Evans himself.
“I’m covered in goosebumps. And will be every time I watch this trailer,” wrote Evans on Twitter, where he also reposted the trailer. “Or hear a Bowie song. Or have any thought whatsoever between now and [June] cause nothing has ever made me feel more joy and gratitude than knowing I’m a part of this.”
The Captain America star also gushed over being able to portray another beloved superhero, a feat which he fondly describes as a “dream come true.”
“The phrase ‘a dream come true’ gets thrown around a lot, but I’ve never meant it more in my life,” Evans’ statement on Twitter read. “Anyone who knows me knows that my love for animated films runs deep. I can’t believe I get to be a part of the Pixar family and work with these truly brilliant artists who tell stories unlike anyone else.”
“Watching them work is nothing short of magic, I pinch myself every day,” added Evans, who also thanked director Angus MacLane in the accompanying tweet.
Explaining the premise of the movie, MacLane told EW that Lightyear is a “straightforward sci-fi action film.”
“’Set in the world of Toy Story’ is kind of weird,” the director said. “The movie doesn’t end and then you see Andy eating popcorn. This is its own thing… This is standalone. It’s the Buzz Lightyear movie. It’s that character but as the space ranger, not as the toy.”
To backtrack to the classic Toy Story films, we know that Tim Allen’s Buzz Lightyear is an action figure based on the spaceman of the same name from a popular sci-fi franchise. He supposedly served as the captain of the Space Ranger corps’ Universe Protection Unit of the Intergalactic Alliance.
Beyond the subtle Zurg reference, several space comrades (including a new companion), and a robotic cat, the trailer doesn’t really give us a solid story to expect just yet. We’ll just have to wait until Lighteyar launches into cinemas on June 17, 2022.
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