Taking to his Instagram handle, the actor, best known for his role as Captain America in Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ franchise, made the big announcement and called his casting a “dream come true.”
Assuring all that he will not replace Tim Allen, who voiced the iconic toy in the animated classic, Chris said in a Tweet, “And just to be clear, this isn’t Buzz Lightyear the toy. This is the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on.”
Chris will be lending his voice to the young test pilot that became the Space Ranger we all know.
Sharing his excitement about the project, Chris said, “Working with Pixar is a dream come true. I’ve been a massive fan of their films since the very beginning. My team could barely contain their excitement when they told me that Pixar had a pitch for me. All they said was ‘Buzz Lightyear’. I didn’t know what that meant, since Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear, and no one could ever touch his performance. I needed to know how this character was different and why this story was worth telling.”
Blasting into theaters June 17, 2022, Lightyear is the definitive story of the original Buzz Lightyear. Voiced by… https://t.co/eB7Mpt1Jv1
— Pixar (@Pixar) 1607647161000
He went on to elaborate, “I can say 2 things with absolute confidence:
1.. I didn’t stop smiling through the ENTIRE pitch. Ear to ear.
2. Everyone can rest easy. And get very excited.”
“Trust me when I say that they REALLY know what they’re doing over there. This one is gonna be special, and it doesn’t step on a single thing. I can’t even put my excitement into words. I smile every time I think about it,” an ecstatic Chris said in his Instagram post.
And just to be clear, this isn’t Buzz Lightyear the toy. This is the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) 1607649299000
Pixar also unveiled the logo in a clip and announced the release date. “Blasting into theatres June 17, 2022, Lightyear is the definitive story of the original Buzz Lightyear. Voiced by @ChrisEvans, get ready to go to “infinity and beyond” with Lightyear.”