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“I thought Chris Pratt would voice Woody”: Fans React to Tom Hanks’ Rumored Return for Toy Story 5

Fans React to Tom Hanks’ Rumored Return for Toy Story 5

After Tim Allen seemingly confirmed the return of Buzz Lightyear and Woody in the fifth installment of Toy Story, fans have made speculations about the cast. Rumor has it that Tom Hanks will return as the voice of Woody, which his brother may have just confirmed.

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Tom Hanks

Jim Hanks has suggested that the Forrest Gump star will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel. While he has substituted for his brother in terms of voice acting, he noted that Hanks is not yet done portraying the beloved role.

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Tom Hanks’ Brother Seemingly Confirmed His Return In Toy Story 5

The Toy Story franchise premiered in 1995 as the first fully computer-animated film under Pixar. It earned $370 million globally and immediately became part of everyone’s childhood. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen carried the movies as the voices of the two main characters, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively.

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The trilogy gave fans the impression that the famed Toy Story narrative had concluded, but then Toy Story 4 was released almost a decade later, and it offered a nice ending. Now, a fifth sequel is currently in the works, and fans are worried that milking the franchise will only tarnish its reputation.

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Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story

In a social media post, Tim Allen teased his return as Buzz Lightyear, and this has aroused speculations that Hanks will voice Woody once again. While there is no official confirmation yet, fans know how difficult it is to have another cast lead the franchise. Allen said via Twitter/X:

See ya soon Woody, you are a sad strange little man and you have my pity. And off we go to a number 5! To infinity and beyond!

Meanwhile, during an interview with Jace Diehl on YouTube, Jim Hanks somehow confirmed that his brother is back to voicing Woody. He shared:


I was having lunch with Tom, and we were talking about, you know, and he thought he was done. He said, “Well, Woody’s yours now,” and I went, “Oh, really?” Well, I guess it is, isn’t it? But not so much, and he’s back!

The voice actor’s statement has stirred a buzz among fans, and many gave mixed reactions to the apparent return of Hanks in the franchise.

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Fans Are Unhappy With Another Toy Story Movie

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Chris Pratt

While many Toy Story fans expressed excitement over Tom Hanks’ rumored return as Woody, some shared their confusion as well as not-so-positive remarks. One popular fan cast for Woody is Chris Pratt, who they thought was in the film’s line-up. Check out their tweets below:

Little is known about the plot of Toy Story 5, but if the original actors are returning, then it is something that fans should look forward to.


Toy Story films are available on Disney+.

Sources: Twitter/X, YouTube

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Ariane, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.