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To infinity and beyond! Pixar blasts off first trailer for Toy Story origin film 'Lightyear' with Chris Evans

Lightyear lands in theaters everywhere on June 17, 2022.

By Josh Weiss

To infinity... and beyond! Chris Evans is officially ready to protect the galaxy on behalf of Star Command in the first teaser trailer for Disney and Pixar's Lightyear. First announced last December, the film (blasting off for theaters next summer) serves as an origin story for Buzz Lightyear, the intrepid and fearless Space Ranger of the iconic Toy Story franchise.

Captain America actor Chris Evans lends his voice to the young Buzz (the man who ultimately inspired the best-selling toy). Set to a haunting rendition of David Bowie's "Starman," the trailer is chock full of eye-popping footage that promises a galactic adventure in the vein of Star Wars. And yes, the Vader-inspired Emperor Zurg does seem to play a part.

“The phrase ‘a dream come true’ gets thrown around a lot, but I’ve never meant it more in my life,” Evans said in a statement Wednesday morning. “Anyone who knows me knows that my love for animated films runs deep. I can’t believe that 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.”

Still, what are the odds of a Tim Allen cameo?

Watch the trailer below:

"At first glance, you might think, 'This is a Toy Story film,'" Pixar's Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter said during Disney's big Investor Day presentation last winter. "Well, not so fast. See, back when we created the very first Toy Story, we designed Buzz Lightyear with the idea that he was a toy based on some really cool character from an epic blockbuster film. Well, all these years later, we decided, 'It's time to make that film' ... Lightyear is the definitive origin story of the original Buzz Lightyear and it reveals how this young test pilot became the Space Ranger we all know him to be today."

Angus MacLane, Annie Award-winning co-director on Finding Dory directed the project. Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot” short) serves as producer.

However, this isn't the first time we've seen a young Buzz traversing the stars on behalf of Star Command. Longtime fans will recall the short-lived TV series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (based on a 2000 direct-to-video movie), which starred Patrick Warburton as the titular character.

Lightyear lands in theaters everywhere on June 17, 2022.