CARS 3: Nathan Fillion's Rust-Eze Racing Center CEO Character Explained and New TRAILER Coming Tomorrow
In an article published yesterday by Entertainment Weekly, Nathan Fillion opens up about his new character in Cars 3. Following his vocal work in previous Pixar hit Monsters University as Johnny Worthington, Fillion takes on the role of Sterling, a genius marketing guru who purchases the Rust-Eze Racing Center where Lightning McQueen will train in the upcoming sequel. In additional news, Disney and Pixar announced this afternoon that a new trailer for Cars 3 will debut tomorrow, April 26th! Check out snippets of the EW interview with actor Nathan Fillion and Cars 3 director Brian Fee, along with the new trailer announcement after the break:
Sterling, as you’ll see when Cars 3 arrives in theaters this June, is a charmer. He’s a marketing genius who buys the once-simple Rust-Eze Racing Center and transforms it into a state-of-the-art training facility. When a humbled Lightning McQueen rolls in, Sterling has every intention of helping catapult Lightning back to the top, so long as out-of-touch Lightning plays by the new rules of modern racing.
If Cars 3 posits a disconnect between traditional old-timers and the younger generation, Sterling fits plum in the middle: He’s an older car albeit with a younger sensibility and has, if you will, a tire on the pulse of the quantum shift that’s changed the way cars race (Rust-Eze Racing Center is a fantasia of sleek simulators and motivational therapy). Sterling’s charm is what helps him build a budding empire — “He’s business first, but knows that business is also about relationships,” Fillion points out — but his knowledge is what’ll keep him around. He’s also an exceptionally savvy marketing guru, eager to license off Lightning and turn him into a vehicular George Foreman.
“He’s about Lightning’s age, but a businessman’s expiration date never really comes if he’s good,” says Cars 3 director Brian Fee, who began his Pixar career as a storyboard artist on the original 2006 film. “While McQueen is facing the fact that his best days might be behind him, Sterling is at the top of his game. And I think for that reason we designed Sterling to be kind of timeless. We looked at a lot of European cars from the ‘60s. They’re incredibly stylish, with almost a dainty quality. Small, kind of sporty, extremely confident. But not in a way that he has to tell everybody how confident he is.”
New CARS 3 Trailer Coming Tomorrow:
Cars 3 races into theaters on June 16th!
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