After competing in the Piston Cup and zooming around the globe in the World Grand Prix, Pixar’s anthropomorphic Cars franchise is back with its third addition — Cars 3 — and, it would seem that Owen Wilson’s championship racer, Lightning McQueen, will be receiving a helping hand this time around.
Enter the young, sleek, Cruz Ramirez, a “young Hispanic female race car who instructs Lightning McQueen (and tries) to figure out how this old dog can learn some new tricks.” In an interview with USA Today, director Brian Fee has teased further information about the , alongside all new , which you can see below:
Fee explains how Cars 3 will be a continuation of McQueen’s career, almost in real-time:
“Think of where he’d 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.”
And, who might these “rookies” be, you ask? Fee continues:
“Jackson Storm is the face of these rookies who have come onto the scene. And McQueen is in a position where his entire racing generation is being pushed out. But it’s too early to be shown the door right now.”
Damn straight it’s too early! It’s clearly a topic Fee feels strongly about, as the director goes on to talk about the relatability of the movie and the feeling of “expiration” within an interest you once excelled at:
“Everyone can relate to feeling like someone is at their heels, that they might be a little outdated in something they used to be very good at, feeling an expiration date.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.”
Finally, in a nutshell:
“This movie is a love letter to racing and the American way. We’re inspired by the Americana you see traveling through the South where every small town has a dirt track.”
Cars 3 is still but expected to pull into theaters June 16th, 2017.