Just days after first looks at new characters in the upcoming sequel, Pixar and Disney have officially debuted an "extended sneak peek" trailer for Cars 3. The new trailer showcases returning protagonist Lightning McQueen facing new rival Jackson Storm with the help of racing coach Cruz Ramirez. Watch the preview after the break!
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) 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 with her own plan to win, 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!
While I cannot say honestly that Cars 3 has been my most anticipated upcoming Pixar film, I am continually more and more impressed with the film's marketing machine focusing on story and character development, which is more than one would expect in a post-Cars 2 world. The upcoming sequel features a McQueen like-rival named Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer, who "was born with a silver spoon in his mouth." Director Brian Fee notes in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, "Everything comes easy to him, and everything about him says he’s faster, so much so that we’ve designed him so that even when he’s standing next to McQueen, McQueen looks old.” Technologically, he’s lightyears ahead of Lightning, a legitimate reflection of the actual years that have passed in the real world since our introduction to the first Cars in 2006. After more than a decade, shiny new rival roadster Jackson represents the peak of real-time innovation."
Cruz Ramirez, Lightning's new younger coach, is voiced by Cristela Alonzo. Cruz "may be on Jackson’s side of the age gap, but she’s on Lightning’s side of the conflict. As a lifelong fan of McQueen, she’s optimistic, sunny, fierce, and friendly — and now, she’s his new, younger coach, coming to Lightning’s aid with stars in her eyes when he shows up at the Rust-eze Racing Center. “Whereas others like Jackson would look at McQueen and dump him, Cruz isn’t like that at all. She’s the most optimistic person in the world and wants to do anything to help,” says Fee, who was sold on Alonzo’s voice partly from her short-lived ABC series but primarily from her stand-up comedy specials."
And Lightning, well, is "not the young hotshot anymore, the kid he was back then in Cars 1. He’s in the middle of his life, and as an athlete, that’s getting up there. You have your whole life ahead of you, yet your career is starting to show its age. He’s looking in the mirror and realizing, ‘I’m 40 years old,’ and dealing with the fact that the thing that you love more than anything else, you might not be able to do forever." Director Brian Fee's comments provide much needed intrigue to the tired franchise of now 11-years. Especially now seeing the exhilerating new exclusive look, Cars 3 is shaping up to maybe, just maybe, be a (dare I say) joy ride (?).
Cars 3 races into theaters on June 16th!
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