Back in November, we shared the somewhat dark teaser trailer that was released from the upcoming Cars 3 and it’s left all of us wondering just how this storyline was going to play out.
Entertainment Weekly was given an exclusive peek at some of the new characters, along with some detail on what we can expect from this new film, so we’re sharing it with you right here.
“McQueen is not the young hotshot anymore, the kid he was back then in Cars 1,” says first-time Pixar director Brian Fee, a storyboard artist on the first two Cars films and the man entrusted by story guru/Cars whisperer John Lasseter to take the wheel. “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.”
Although McQueen might not be the hotshot in the upcoming sequel, he has been given a “souped-up, ready-to-rev” makeover! His character will once again be voiced by Owen Wilson.
McQueen will have a new trainer in the film, Cruz Ramirez, who is voiced by Cristela Alonzo. Ramirez is an optimistic, lifelong fan of Lightning McQueen so it’s no surprise that she comes to McQueen’s aid with stars in her eyes when he shows up at the Rust-eze Racing Center.
Now, let’s talk about the villain in the movie, Jackson Storm, who is voiced by Armie Hammer.
“Jackson was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. 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. (P.S. No, there’s technically no Uber in Cars 3, because, as Fee says with a chuckle, “I would like to see a car drive inside another car and have them take them somewhere.”)
“He thinks the world is his. He’s taking over. He’s owed it,” says Fee. “In a very broad term, I think of old football players with those little leather skull caps, and you think of football players now with all their armor, hitting so hard. It’s not the same game. What they did was not anything like what we do now. And that’s Jackson: He thinks the future of racing and the high-tech ways they train and what they can do means they’re taking the sport to a new level, and the older guys had their day, and it’s done, and they have no place in the future of racing.”
Cars 3 skids into theaters 6.16.2017. Vroom vroom . . .
Source: Entertainment Weekly