Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 will feature the voices of Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, Armie Hammer as Jackson Storm, and Cristela Alonzo as Cruz Ramirez. The third film of the Cars franchise is directed by Brian Fee who’s making his feature film directorial debut after working as a storyboard artist on Cars and Cars 2. A Bug’s Life‘s Kevin Reher is producing and the studio’s aiming for a June 16, 2017 theatrical release.
In addition to announcing the main voice cast, Disney•Pixar released details on the new characters and a synopsis of the 2017 animated movie. “Cristela is full of optimism and a positive energy that I think really comes through in Cruz’s personality,” said 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,” added Fee. “His charisma helped create a character you really love to hate.”
The Cars 3 Plot and Characters: Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (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, Cruz Ramirez (Alonzo), 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!
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.
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?
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.
Watch the Cars 3 characters teaser videos: