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Pixar is actually making the Buzz Lightyear sci-fi epic

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Lightyear will imagine the story before the toys

Lightyear still: The Real Buzzlight year flies in a spaceship Image: Pixar

In the world of the Toy Story films, the Buzz Lightyear toy was based on a giant space-set franchise. But we never really saw that world (unless you were a diehard viewer of the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command cartoon).

That changes soon, as Pixar is officially reverse-engineering a giant sci-fi action movie based the character. Peter Docter revealed plans for the movie at the 2020 Disney Investor Day — along with a deluge of other movie and TV news. To make things even better, Star Command’s best Space Ranger will be voiced by Captain America himself, Chris Evans. (Sorry, Tim Allen.)

The film will take viewers to where the original Buzz Lightyear’s story first began. According to a tweet from Pixar, the film will pick up with Buzz just starting out as a young test pilot, long before his days as a Space Ranger, and the inspiration for walking talking action figures. Lightyear will be the first time that Pixar has ever made a Toy Story spinoff as a full movie, despite numerous shows and series taking place in the universe already.

Lightyear is set to hit theaters on June 17, 2022.