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‘Lightyear’ Expected to Premiere at Cannes Film Festival

Lightyear may get its first screening at the Cannes Film Festival this May. According to Variety, the newest Pixar film is amongst some big-name films including Elvis and Top Gun: Maverick to premiere at the storied festival.

Pixar is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival, Up opened the fest in 2009, and Inside Out in 2015. The festival turned out to be a nice launching pad for both films. Up would go on to gross over $735 million worldwide and would get a nomination for Best Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards, a rare feat for an animated film, which would go on to win for Best Animated Feature. Inside Out went on to gross $856 million and win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 2016 Academy Awards. If history is to be repeated this could be a good sign for Lightyear.

Lightyear is the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear—the hero who inspired the toy—follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure. Chris Evans lends his voice to Buzz Lightyear, taking over the role for Tim Allen. Also voicing characters are Keke Palmer, Dale Soules, and Taika Waititi as a group of ambitious recruits. Peter Sohn voices Buzz’s robot companion, Sox, and the cast also includes the voices of Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Storied composer Michael Giacchino, 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. Every hero has a beginning. Go on an intergalactic adventure with Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear this June 17, 2022.