'Cars 3' New Characters and Voice Actors Revealed Before Latest Trailer

'Cars 3' New Characters and Voice Actors Revealed Before Latest Trailer

By Robert Dougherty Jan 05, 2017 11:20 AM
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Cars 3 will premiere its newest trailer on the night of Jan. 9, which will presumably be far less ominous than its opening teaser. Part of it will surely include introducing Lightning McQueen's new friends and foes, yet Entertainment Weekly has already released an early sneak peek of the sequel's two biggest new characters, and revealed who will voice them alongside Owen Wilson.

Earlier plot teasers already revealed that Lightning will take on a new and much more advanced race car named Jackson Storm, who likely has something to do with Lightning's big crash that changes everything. Along with a video unveiling Jackson, EW revealed that Armie Hammer will voice him.

Director Brian Fee also teases that while Lightning is now "in the middle of his life" with a career that "is starting to show its age" Jackson "was born with a silver spoon in his mouth" and "thinks the world is his" to the point of believing the likes of Lightning "have no place in the future of racing.” Of course, Hammer already has experience with playing not one but two live action characters like that in The Social Network.

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But the teaser summary also gave away that Lightning has a younger ally in getting him back in the race. EW expands on that with more details on Lightning's "new, younger coach" Cruz Ramirez, and the news that stand up comic and short lived ABC sitcom star Cristela Alonzo will voice her.

Cruz is the "optimistic, sunny, fierce, and friendly" counterpart to Jackson, and also happened to grow up as a lifelong Lightning fan. As "the most optimistic person in the world" according to Fee, Cruz doesn't dismiss Lightning like the Jacksons of her generation, and works to rebuild his career with a few upgrades.

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Just as an older generation car gave Lightning a new perspective on life and racing in the original Cars, now Lightning is the equivalent of Doc Hudson in getting restored by the younger generation. Along the way, it creates a new Lightning in more ways than one.

This kind of full circle ending may be the ideal way to end the trilogy and the franchise, although Pixar has recently shown an inability to just let franchises end. But whether or not the Cars series keeps getting more sequels like all the other Pixar franchises lately, Fee promises that "it’s safe to say that this is only the beginning" for Lightning as a character.

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Cars 3 will show the full scope of this new beginning and/or ending on June 16, although the next teaser for it will premiere during the college football national championship game on Jan. 9 on ESPN.

Tags: Cars 3 (2017), Cars (2006), The Social Network (2010), Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer
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