The latest trailer for Pixar's Lightyear sets up Buzz's intergalactic adventure while also introducing his arch-nemesis Zurg.
The video provides more context around the film's narrative as Buzz's experimental off-planet trip seemingly results in him missing 62 years despite his trip only lasting 4 minutes. Upon his return, the titular character, voiced by Chris Evans, is confronted by a planet seemingly overrun by alien robots. Roped into a mission to repel the attack and save the remnants of humanity, Buzz must worth together with a ragtag group of unassuming soldiers if he wants to survive his most dangerous mission yet.
Beyond the parallels to Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, the trailer for Lightyear also features an appearance by Zurg. Toy Story fans will undoubtedly recognize the sinister robot as Buzz's arch-enemy. While previous videos have included a towering robot originally believed to be Zurg, the character highlighted in the latest trailer features the villain's iconic triple-barreled arm blaster. The minutia behind Zurg's role in Lightyear is currently unknown but it's widely assumed that he will serve as the main antagonist alongside his army of killer robots.
Despite the excitement surrounding Lightyear, many fans expressed confusion surrounding the premise of the movie. When the original trailer dropped, some were puzzled that the film didn't focus on the toy that featured as a core character within Pixar's beloved Toy Story franchise. "Buzz, as a character, I’ve always been pretty close to as a fan -- mostly because of his overlap into the sci-fi genre. I’ve always wanted to know about Buzz," explained director Angus MacLane. "I said, ‘Maybe there was a movie starring Buzz Lightyear, and that’s what Andy saw that made him want a Buzz Lightyear action figure. Why don’t we just make that movie --and make it awesome?’”
Beyond Evans, Lightyear's cast is stuffed with a variety of recognizable voices. Keke Palmer, Dale Soules and Taika Waititi will accompany Buzz as a ragtag squad of Space Rangers while Peter Sohn plays his adorable robotic companion Sox the Cat. James Brolin, Uzo Aduba, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr. are also set to feature. "Each of the performers immediately inhabited their character, which gave us the opportunity to play a bit during recording sessions," MacLane said. "It has been a privilege to work with such a talented and generous cast."
Lightyear blasts into cinemas on June 17.