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Lightyear is an upcoming American 3D computer animated film produced by Pixar set to be released on June 17, 2022. The film is a spin-off of the Toy Story franchise, set within the narrative ("the show within the movie") of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. It will be Pixar's 26th animated feature.
Lightyear is a sci-fi action-adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans) — the hero who inspired the toy. The film reveals how a young test pilot became the Space Ranger that we all know him to be today.
Lightyear is directed by Angus MacLane and produced by Galyn Susman. It opens in theaters in summer 2022.
When the movie was announced, many people were thrown into great confusion over it. This can be largely attributed to the human character and the toy sharing the same name, which led many people to believe the human Lightyear's voice actor, Chris Evans, would replace the toy Lightyear's voice actor, Tim Allen, to become the new voice of the character. Disney later clarified on Twitter that this was not the case, with Evans being the voice of the in-universe fictional character that inspired the toy, and Allen being the voice of the toy.