The latest trailer for the forthcoming Pixar Animation Studios franchise film Cars 3 depicts Lightning McQueen racing for his last chance at a championship title. Based on the original film from 2006, the back-to-the-roots-of-racing three-quel is all set to deliver more high-octane action for fans of the highly world populated by anthropomorphic automotive vehicles.
Centering around a much older Lightning McQueen - as voiced by returning franchise voice actor and series star Owen Wilson - Cars 3 will see everyone's favorite red racing car mounting a triumphant return at the Florida 500 after suffering a devastating loss - and debilitating crash - against newcomer and central antagonist Jackson Storm - voiced in the new film by Armie Hammer. Featuring several familiar faces alongside a whole host of new characters, the forthcoming motion picture directed by Brian Fee is sure to attract a crowd later this month.
In the footage featured above, potential viewers can catch another sneak peek behind the curtain at everything the new movie will have to offer, with a decided focus on Lightning's final bid for supremacy and a legacy that will outlast his time spent as one of the world's top racers. Whether or not the aging vehicle will manage to best an incoming generation of new model racers remains to be seen, but with the help of technician and coach Cruz Ramirez (voiced by Cristela Alonzo) by his side, Lightning may not be down for the count just yet.
Everything appears to be coming together swimmingly behind the scenes of the latest animated feature production from Pixar, and with any luck longtime fans of the outstanding franchise will be as pleased with the studio's latest offering as others were with Finding Dory last summer. And with the likes of the late Paul Newman potentially reprising his role as Doc Hudson in the offing, Pixar may very well be in for another hit summer blockbuster event.
Despite suffering a minor thematic stumbling block that saw the original feature's roots in the world of professional racing temporarily side-tracked by an international espionage sub-plot previously featured in Cars 2 from 2011, the forthcoming Pixar release is decidedly more in keeping with the eponymous franchise's NASCAR based heritage. On that note, here's to hoping for the very best from Cars 3 as the new animated film makes its way to theaters this month.
- Cars 3 (2017) release date: Jun 16, 2017
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