New Cars 3 Character and Concept Art Revealed

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With Pixar’s “Finding Dory” about to hit theaters in less than a month, it’s exciting to wonder about the other upcoming films Pixar has on its docket. Their next film? “Cars 3“, to be released on June 16, 2017.

For the third installment of the “Cars” trilogy, the story will be focused on main character Lightening McQueen (Owen Wilson), with familiar returning characters and Radiator Springs natives Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt), and Ramone (Cheech Marin).

In a USA Today exclusive, an all-new character was revealed, who like Lightening McQueen, is a race car: Cruz Ramirez. Cruz Ramirez is a Hispanic, female race car instructor, who steps in to mentor Lightening McQueen to get him back to the top in the racing world. Although McQueen is still one of the top racers, he is getting a little behind from being at the top of his game due to a brand new all-star racer, Jackson Storm. McQueen, not being the most high-tech, newest car around, wants to be back at the top so seeks the help of Ramirez to get back in gear.

Brian Fee, who was the storyboard director for “Cars” and “Cars 2” is making his directorial debut with “Cars 3.” Fee seems like the perfect person to direct the third installment, with having such a deep history with the “Cars” movies’ stories and characters. Fee said, in regards to the new character Cruz Ramirez:

“Think of where he’d [McQueen] be in his career now in real time. [McQueen] is not an old man, but he’s one of the older cars on the circuit with new rookies coming in. People start to wonder and ask when he might retire.”

“Cars 3”, as with many other Pixar films, will be telling a story using non-human characters to tell a story that is a reality that most of us deal with at one point or another in our lives. Fee went on to say:

“Everyone can relate to feeling like someone is at their heels, that they might be a little outdated in something they used to be very good at, feeling an expiration date. And knowing you need someone to help you get a second chance.”

Photo Credit: Pixar/USA Today

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