This summer, everyone’s favorite talking roadster, Lightning McQueen, returns to the big screen in CARS 3! Three years ago, it was announced that the CARS crew would once again hit Route 66 (or in this case, Route 99 too!). Two months ago fans finally got a glimpse at the teaser trailer. Last night, during the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship, CARS fans FINALLY got an extended look at the film, which I’m sharing with you today!
But first, I want to chat about the familiar faces and new characters in this faster-than-fast film! Owen Wilson returns to voice Lightning McQueen in the all-new story that tests the heart of a champion in a high-tech world. Cristela Alonzo and Armie Hammer join the cast 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.”
Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day racing legend who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood! His sleek red look with fiery flames on the side make him easy to spot when racing on the track.
In CARS 3, he suddenly 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. If you know Lightning McQueen, you know that he is determined to get back to the pole position. The famous #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life.
New to the cast, meet Cruz Ramirez. Sporting bright yellow, it reflects her sunny-but-fierce demeanor, as an 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?
Fast, sleek, and ready to race is the best way to describe new racer Jackson Storm! He’s definitely 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.
Now that you are familiar with some of the awesome Cars coming to your theater this summer… check out the extended look!
CARS 3 Extended Look
CARS 3 is out in theaters June 16, 2017.