Fans Upset That Chris Evans Is Replacing Tim Allen As Buzz Lightyear
Tim Allen has provided the dulcet tones of the toy spaceman since Toy Story came out in the 1990s, but now Evans is set to take over for a new film called simply Lightyear.
The announcement was made yesterday (10 December) by Disney, who said that the forthcoming film would tell the story of Lightyear's journey from being a 'young test pilot that became the Space Ranger we all know him to be today.'
Sounds exciting enough, but - because this is the internet, after all - there's no pleasing everyone.
One person wrote: "There is no #buzzlightyear without @ofctimallen."
Another person commented: "There's only one #BuzzLightyear and his name is Tim Allen."
There's only one Buzz Lightyear, and that's Tim Allen.
- Steven (@GorgesSteven) December 11, 2020
A third simply said: "Its NOT Buzz Lightyear without Tim Allen....Why is he being replaced with Chris Evans?"
To be fair, it's supposed to be a story about Buzz Lightyear as a space ranger, rather than as a toy, so there is room for it.
However, some people are pretty keen to see how the Captain America actor brings his own flavour to the classic role.
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Hey, it's been a while since the Toy Story franchise had a good shake-up, hasn't it?
One such supporter commented: "What?!?! This is going to be awesome. If anyone can take the roll of Buzz as by Tim Allen, it would be Chris Evans."
Another said: "Tim Allen voiced Buzz the toy. Evans will likely voice the astronaut that was the inspiration for the toy."
This is true. Chris Evans even cleared that up in a Twitter post shared after the confusion broke out about his replacement of Allen.
He said: "Just to be clear, this isn't Buzz Lightyear the toy.
"This is the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on."
I'm glad Chris Evans is clarifying everything and putting respect on Tim Allen's work as Buzz Lightyear. pic.twitter.com/7hYK0ms3mM
- Aggie:tiger2:EVERMORE AT MIDNIGHT (@defendingbetty) December 11, 2020
In an Instagram post, he explained: "My team could barely contain their excitement when they told me that Pixar had a pitch for me.
"All they said was 'Buzz Lightyear'. I didn't know what that meant, since Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear, and no one could ever touch his performance. I needed to know how this character was different and why this story was worth telling.
"I can say two things with absolute confidence. 1... I didn't stop smiling through the ENTIRE pitch. Ear to ear. 2... Everyone can rest easy. And get very excited."
Allen hasn't commented on the news just yet, but Lightyear is set to hit cinemas on 17 June 2022. Then we'll see if Evans has the chops to take on the role.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Chris Evans/Pixar
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