Tim Allen: Why Isn’t the ‘Last Man Standing’ Star Voicing Buzz Lightyear in New Movie?

by Anna Dunn

There’s a new Buzz Lightyear movie coming out, but actor Tim Allen won’t be in it. Tim Allen voiced the iconic Buzz Lightyear for the Toy Story movies for decades. The upcoming film, Lightyear, will come out 27 years after the first Toy Story film aired.

Allen, who just finished up Last Man Standing, played a key role in the franchise. Now, however, the series is moving on without him.

While the new film is about Buzz Lightyear, it’s actually going to be about the person the toy was based on in Toy Story. Chris Evans, who Disney cast to voice Buzz, explained this on Twitter, potentially answering fans’ questions about why Allen wouldn’t be in the franchise. Evans is best known for his work as Captain America, but he’s also made waves outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“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,” the actor tweeted. He also expressed his immense gratitude for playing the role, tweeting “I don’t even have the words.”

Tim Allen Will Only Voice the Toy Version of The Character, But That May not Be the Only Reason

But the issue may also run deeper. Some speculate that Allen, who admitted that the fourth film in the series was emotionally difficult for him, didn’t want to come back to the series. It’s been a long time since the first one came out, and it could make sense that the actor would rather do other projects.

Others wonder if Disney didn’t ask the actor to come back. If he wasn’t asked back, it could simply be because they want something new, or because of controversial comments, Allen has made in the past.

Whatever the reasoning is, neither Disney nor Tim Allen have addressed it. But Regardless, it seems fans of the film franchise are mostly open to the idea of a brand new Toy Story offshoot.

The film should have plenty of story potential as well. The real Buzz Lightyear was a space ranger that worked for the Universe Protection Unit, protecting the galaxy from power-hungry Emperor Zurg.

This time around, human Buzz will be voiced by Chris Evans. The film is set to premiere on June 17th 2022. Tim Allen won’t be at the helm but human Buzz could prove to be an absolute joy. Pixar has released a small preview of the film, along with a rendering of how Buzz Lightyear will look.

“Blasting into theaters June 17, 2022, Lightyear is the definitive story of the original Buzz Lightyear. Voiced by @ChrisEvans, get ready to go to “infinity and beyond” with Lightyear,” the company teased.