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‘Lightyear’ Adds Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, James Brolin and More to Cast

TEAMING UP – Disney and Pixar’s “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 all-new story follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits (voices of Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi and Dale Soules), and their robot companion Sox (voice of Peter Sohn). Also joining the cast are Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr. Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”) and produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”), “Lightyear” releases June 17, 2022. © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

A new trailer blasts off this morning for Disney and Pixar’s original sci-fi action-adventure Lightyear. Releasing June 17, 2022, the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure.

Joining the previously announced Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame), who lends his voice to Buzz, are Keke Palmer (Hustlers), Dale Soules (Orange is the New Black) and Taika Waititi (Free Guy, Thor: Ragnarok) as a group of ambitious recruits. Peter Sohn (Monster’s University) voices Buzz’s robot companion, Sox, and the cast also includes the voices of Uzo Aduba (In Treatment), James Brolin (The Amityville Horror), Mary McDonald-Lewis (G.I. Joe), Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite) and Isiah Whitlock Jr (Da 5 Bloods). The trailer also confirms the appearance of Buzz’s arch nemesis Zurg.

“The cast for ‘Lightyear’ is truly a dream team,” said director Angus MacLane. “Each of the performers immediately inhabited their character, which gave us the opportunity to play a bit during recording sessions. This resulted in a level of specificity that elevated the material and brought additional depth to the characters’ relationships. It has been a privilege to work with such a talented and generous cast.”

Also revealed this morning, award-winning composer Michael Giacchino, who’s behind the scores for the upcoming film The Batman, as well as Spider-Man: No Way Home, is on board to score Lightyear. Giacchino has a long history with Pixar; he won an Oscar, Golden Globe and GRAMMY for the original score in Up. His other Pixar credits include The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Cars 2, Inside Out, Coco and Incredibles 2, among others. The Lightyear Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Walt Disney Records will be available on June 17, 2022.

Lightyear is produced by Galyn Susman (Toy Story That Time Forgot). You can also check out the new poster below:

Image: Pixar