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Chris Evans directs Hollywood actors in Pixar film

Pixar is about to go to infinity and beyond (again) with an all-new space adventure about the hero who inspired one of Andy’s favorite toys.

The animated film follows legendary Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear after he and his crew are stranded on a planet of 4.2 million people. Light years away from Earth, and the journey he undertakes to bring them home.

Here’s everything you need to know about voice casting for the Pixar movie.

Who is in the voice cast of “Lightyear”?

A photo of Sox and Buzz Lightyear in ‘Lightyear’, the film stars Chris Evans as the voice of the astronaut who inspired the ‘Toy Story’ toy.

Contrary to what fans might hope, Tim Allen won’t be returning to the franchise to voice Buzz Lightyear. Instead, that role is played by Chris Evans.

Explaining his reasoning behind casting Buzz, director Angus MacLane said Newsweek: “Well, we wanted, like we were going to change the character from toy to action hero, we wanted a different voice to separate Buzz because you really want it to be a separate movie from Toy story.

“Pretty early on there are hints of it, but it really should exist on its own and there was some confusion about it, it was very clear that we needed a different voice. Also, the character is not a secondary character, he is a main character and, therefore, must do different things for the narrative drive of the film.

“We needed an actor who could be heroic and emotional and dramatic, but who was funny, who was also funny in a way that wasn’t too goofy and didn’t undermine the drama. So with that at Mind you, for such an iconic character, we needed an iconic star and Chris was the natural choice.”

Joining Evans in the voice cast is Uzo Aduba, who plays Buzz’s best friend Alisha Hawthorne, and her granddaughter Izzy is voiced by Keke Palmer.

Taika Waititi stars as Izzy’s friend Mo Morrison, and Dale Soules voices Darby Steel, while Peter Sohn plays the robotic cat, who also happens to be Buzz’s sidekick, Sox.

For fans of the original toy story films another famous character will make an appearance, the villainous Emperor Zurg who is voiced by James Brolin.

Here’s the full voice cast of Pixar’s “Lightyear”:

  • Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear
  • Keke Palmer as Izzy Hawthorne
  • Keira Hairston as young Izzy
  • Peter Sohn as Sox
  • James Brolin as Emperor Zurg
  • Taika Waititi as Mo Morrison
  • Dale Soules as Darby Steel
  • Uzo Aduba as Alisha Hawthorne
  • Mary McDonald-Lewis as IVAN
  • Efren Ramirez as Airman Diaz
  • Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Commander Burnside
  • Tim Peake as “Tim from Mission Control”
  • Angus MacLane as ERIC/DERIC & Zyclops
  • Bill Hader as Featheringhamstan
Light year
A photo of Buzz Lightyear with Izzy Hawthorne, Mo Morrison, Darby Steele and companion robot Sox. The characters are played by Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules and Peter Sohn respectively.