Kiwi director Taika Waititi joins the cast of Lightyear

Kiwi director Taika Waititi joins the cast of Lightyear and will lend his voice to the next Toy Story movie










Taika Waititi has joined the cast of Lightyear.

The Jojo Rabbit star will lend her voice to the upcoming Toy Story movie.

The spin-off, which stars Chris Evans as space guard Buzz Lightyear in the origin story of the character behind the animated quadrilogy action figure.

New role! Kiwi director Taika Waititi (pictured here with girlfriend Rita Ora) has joined the cast of Lightyear and will lend his voice to the upcoming Toy Story

In addition to Waititi, it has been revealed that the film’s cast will also feature Scream Queens star Keke Palmer and Orange Is The New Black actor Dale Soules.

Other stars include Uzo Aduba, Efren Ramirez, James Brolin, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Mary McDonald-Lewis.

In a statement, director Angus MacLane said: “The cast of ‘Lightyear is truly a dream team.

“Each of the performers immediately inhabited their character, which allowed us to play a little during the recording sessions.

Exciting project: the star of Jojo Rabbit will lend his voice to the next Toy Story

Exciting project: the star of Jojo Rabbit will lend his voice to the next Toy Story

“It resulted in a level of specificity that elevated the material and brought additional depth to the relationships of the characters.

“It was a privilege to work with such a talented and generous cast.”

Meanwhile, MacLane previously admitted that Evans was “the first and only choice” to voice the character, after the toy version has been played by Tim Allen in the franchise so far.

He explained, “I wanted the movie to have gravity and seriousness, but also an actor who could bring comedy with that seriousness.

Upcoming: the spin-off, which stars Chris Evans as space guard Buzz Lightyear in the origin story of the character behind the action figure in the animated quadrilogy

Upcoming: the spin-off, which stars Chris Evans as space guard Buzz Lightyear in the origin story of the character behind the action figure in the animated quadrilogy

“He was really the first and only choice. I didn’t have a number two. It was very clear from the start.

“It was like, ‘If you had to do a legit sci-fi movie about Buzz Lightyear, who would you take? Well, Chris Evans. You need someone with that star power. If it was going to be live-action, who would?

‘He can do both.

“Although that chin would be so weird in live-action. You could never get around that. But he was the first choice and he was such an amazing partner.

Glamorous couple: Taika has been in a relationship with British singer Rita since last year

Glamorous couple: Taika has been in a relationship with British singer Rita since last year

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