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Cars3: The future is now, but has Paul Newman returned?

Cars3 continues the poplar animated car movie series.

The release of Cars3 is less than four months away, but the marketing of the third film in the increasingly popular series has begun in earnest.

The movie was announced months ago, but the trailer for the film debuted appropriately during the recent telecast of the Dayton 500. The theme is the future.

Cars3 continues the poplar animated car movie series.
Cars3 continues the popular animated car movie series.

It’s not about future cars, but the future of Lightning McQueen. The movies’ main character is trying to make a comeback after a crash and while up against a slew of new, young talent.

Plenty of rumors think the main voice in the trailer is Paul Newman’s. The iconic actor and race car driver the films have emulated, died in 2008. Modern technology is certainly capable of utilizing McQueen’s voice.

The third film in the series, which will be released om June 16 in 2D, 3D and IMAX formats, will rely on numerous current NASCAR drivers whose voices, including Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Darrell Wallace Jr., among others.

McQueen is suddenly dispatched from racing after a crash. And to return to to the sport, he needs the assistance of a young race technician, Cruz Ramirez. But she has her own ideas and plans to win.

The heavy tone from the teaser has garnered plenty of attention. After the crash, the words heard: “From this moment, everything will change.”

In addition to Wilson, the list of character voiceover actors is impressive: Larry the Cable Guy (Mater), Bonnie Hunt (Sally Carrera) and Cheech Marin (Ramone).

The film is produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a sequel to Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011). It’s directed by Brian Fee, a storyboard animator on the first two films.

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