This summer get ready to start your engines because Lightning McQueen is back for one more lap around the track in Cars 3. In this all new installment of the ever popular Cars’ movies from Disney•Pixar, we follow our hero Lightning as he sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world. Blindsided by this new group of blazing-fast racers, the legendary McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.
To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage.
Cars 3 will take us all back to o back to Route 66 and will also take us on a journey along Route 99. The cast includes Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, Larry the Cable Guy as Mater, Bonnie Hunt as Sally Carrera and Cheech Marin as Ramone. Today to kick off 2107 key cast members and new characters in the upcoming faster-than-fast film CARS 3 were announced today! Joining Owen Wilson in the all-new story that tests the heart of a champion in a high-tech world are Cristela Alonzo and Armie Hammer as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez and next-gen racer Jackson Storm, respectively.
“Cristela is full of optimism and a positive energy that I think really comes through in Cruz’s personality,” said CARS 3 Director Brian Fee. “And of course, she’s a hilarious comedian, so that doesn’t hurt either. Armie brought a great combination of intensity and charm to the role of Jackson Storm. His charisma helped create a character you really love to hate.”
And now here’s a little more in depth look at the racers themselves:
Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day racing legend who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood. Suddenly, he finds himself faced with a new generation of racers who threaten not only his dominance in the sport—but the confidence that got him there. Determined to get back to the pole position, the #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life.
Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums, upcoming Wonder) returns to the racetrack as the voice of the champion. Wilson stars in the upcoming Woody Harrelson-directed live film Lost in London.
Cruz Ramirez is a sunny-but-fierce unconventional trainer at the Rust-eze Racing Center. She expertly arms the team’s talented rookies with cutting-edge tools to tear up the track—but she nearly stalls when her longtime idol Lightning McQueen shows up. While she’d love to help him find his way back to the top, she knows the competition is faster than ever, and victory is all about speed—or is it?
Cristela Alonzo (The Angry Birds Movie) was called on to help bring the character to life. Alonzo’s debut stand-up special for Netflix, Lower Classy, which debuts on Jan. 24, 2017, showcases the comedian’s life as a the daughter of an immigrant, touching on important issues like social class, breaking the glass ceiling and how she can’t get the hang of Zumba.
Jackson Storm is fast, sleek and ready to race. A frontrunner in the next generation of racers, Storm’s quiet confidence and cocky demeanor are off-putting—but his unmatched speed threatens to redefine the sport. Trained on high-tech simulators that are programmed to perfect technique and maximize velocity, Jackson Storm is literally built to be unbeatable—and he knows it.
Armie Hammer (Birth of a Nation) was tapped as the voice of Jackson Storm. Hammer recently appeared in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. He will next be seen starring in Free Fire, directed by Ben Wheatley; Final Portrait, directed by Stanley Tucci; and Call Me by Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino.
Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist Cars, Cars 2) and Produced by Kevin Reher (A Bug’s Life, La Luna short), CARS 3 cruises into theaters on June 16th!
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