Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to start your engines, for the latest Cars 3 trailer has sped online for your viewing pleasure.
Building on the momentum established from last week’s teaser, in which Lightning McQueen was seen revving his engines in the face of Jackson Storm, this all-new promo is designed to chronicle the bitter rivalry between the two. Now fast approaching his twilight years on the race course, Owen Wilson’s iconic red stock car is written off as a washed-up champion by the time Cars 3 opens, and it’s Armie Hammer’s arrogant Storm that seizes control of that vacuum to become the talk of the circuit.
It’s essentially about the closest thing an automobile will get to a mid-life crisis and in Cars 3, McQueen will be nudged back on the road to recovery by Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), an overly enthusiastic racer that ignites a comeback story. It’s this arc that will underpin Brian Fee’s animated threequel – and one that neatly dovetails with that found in the original movie – and here, the director shares some insight into McQueen’s outlook now that he’s been knocked from his perch.
“McQueen 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.”
Look for Cars 3 to screech into theaters on June 16, 2017. Also on board are Larry the Cable Guy as Mater, Bonnie Hunt as Sally Carrera, and Cheech Marin as Ramone.