Disney-Pixar has revealed some key cast members and the new characters they are voicing for Cars 3, zooming into theaters on June 16, 2017. Joining Owen Wilson, who once again voices track champion Lightning McQueen, will be stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo as trainer Cruz Ramirez, and Armie Hammer as next gen racer Jackson Storm.
“Cristela is full of optimism and a positive energy that I think really comes through in Cruz’s personality.And of course, she’s a hilarious comedian, so that doesn’t hurt either,” said Brian Fee, who is directing the threequel after serving as storyboard artist on the first two Cars. “Armie brought a great combination of intensity and charm to the role of Jackson Storm. His charisma helped create a character you really love to hate.”
Cars 3 Announced Characters:
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. [CLIP]
Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums; upcoming Wonder, Lost in London) returns to the racetrack as the voice of the champion.
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? [CLIP]
Cristela Alonzo (The Angry Birds Movie) helps bring the character to life. Alonzo’s debut stand-up special for Netflix, Lower Classy, which debuts on Jan. 24, showcases the comedian’s life as a the daughter of an immigrant, touching on important issues like social class, breaking the glass ceiling and how she can’t get the hang of Zumba.
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. [CLIP]
Armie Hammer (Birth of a Nation, Nocturnal Animals) was tapped as the voice of Jackson Storm. He will be starring in upcoming features Free Fire, Final Portrait and Call Me by Your Name.