Meet New Characters from Pixar’s ‘Cars 3’

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Pixar Animation Studios has given us via an article published today in Entertainment Weekly a first look at some new characters from their upcoming sequel Cars 3.

First up is film’s the new antagonist, Jackson Storm. Cars 3 director Brian Fee explains that technologically Jackson Storm is “lightyears ahead” of Lightning McQueen. “Storm was born with a silver spoon in his mouth,” Fee said. “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.” 

Fee also explained that Storm “thinks the world is his. He’s taking over. He’s owed it. 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.” Jackson Storm is voiced by Armie Hammer.

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Next is Cruz Ramirez, who may be a youngster like Jackson Storm, but has a totally different attitude. Cruz has been a lifelong fan of Lightning McQueen and is the one who helps him get back on track (literally). Fee says, “Whereas others like Jackson would look at McQueen and dump him, Cruz isn’t like that at all. She’s the most optimistic person in the world and wants to do anything to help.” Cruz is voiced by Cristela Alonzo.

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And here’s a look at the Cars 3 version of Lightning McQueen, again voiced by Owen Wilson.

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Make sure to check out the Entertainment Weekly article for more information about the film from Brian Fee and John Lasseter along with some cool videos of Jackson Storm, Cruz Ramirez, and, of course, Lightning McQueen.

And here’s a compiled video of the three character videos from the EW site (and although it’s labeled as “teaser trailer #2,” it’s really not).

Cars 3 opens in U.S. theaters on June 16th. Follow Cars on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on the official Cars website.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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