Galyn Susman, the producer of the upcoming Toy Story spinoff film Lightyear, explains why Chris Evans was cast as Buzz instead of Tim Allen.
Producer Gayln Susman explains why Chris Evans, not Tim Allen, was hired as Buzz in Pixar’s highly anticipated Lightyear feature.
Susman also says that one of the reasons Chris Evans is so dedicated to his Buzz Lightyear movie part is that he understands he’s stepping into some fairly large shoes, with a lot of pressure on him.
Toy Story 4: Lightyear is the most recent installment in the franchise. It also serves as a prequel and a spinoff to the popular Pixar films.
The film will follow Buzz Lightyear‘s origin narrative, which will serve as inspiration for Tim Allen’s iconic version in the Toy Story world. Buzz and a huge group of Star Command employees wound up landing on an extraterrestrial planet during Lightyear. The clan is attempting to flee due to the fact that their hyperspace fuel has run out and all attempts to replenish it have failed.
Evans acts alongside Dale Soules, Taika Waititi, Peter Sohn, Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. in the next picture.
Lightyear has been under development for around 6 years, despite the fact that it was unveiled in late 2020. The Toy Story prequel got its start following the release of Finding Dory in 2016, when Angus MacLane, the sequel’s co-director, pitched his idea to Pixar.
Lightyear was MacLane’s first solo feature picture, and it would also be his directorial debut. Fortunately for MacLane, some dreams do come true, and Pixar embraced his vision right away.
Screen Rant had the opportunity to attend the first-look presentation for Lightyear, which takes a deep dive into the Toy Story spin-off, as the film’s release date approaches.
While discussing the film’s superb ensemble, producer Susman mentioned Evans’ dedication and hard work in order to ensure he met the high standards of the hero he is portraying. She also disclosed why the film’s creative team thought they needed a new actor to play young Buzz, and why Evans was the guy for the job.
“Buzz was in desperate need of a new voice. He required a nice, rich voice that could be tragic as well as funny, and he wanted to be heroic without coming across as pompous or dense.
That’s a big request, so we realized we’d have to ask Chris “According to Susman. “What we didn’t realize is that he is a tremendous animation lover who would add his love and passion for the project, as well as his diverse acting abilities, to the project.
He also made an appearance in the animation daily news to give the crew some motivation. It’s been a fantastic cooperation, and we couldn’t be more pleased.”
Evans’ casting sparked significant debate and anger among long-time admirers, who claimed that Pixar was seemingly writing off the original star, Tim Allen.
However, because this is a never-before-seen younger version of Buzz Lightyear, the logical rationale for casting someone new who can achieve and bring that new spark to the forefront is valid. Furthermore, it appears that Susman has complete faith and confidence in Evans’ ability to portray this character and do it properly.