Oh don’t worry, Cars 3 is probably not the last we’ll see of the Cars franchise, but it will probably be the end of Lightning McQueen’s racing days.
We’ve seen this story done so many times in countless sports movies, it’s basically every sports movie these days, yet I’m still very much looking forward to Cars 3. They’ve somehow done it, Pixar made me interested in the 3rd installment in their one series I’ve had zero fondness for. I guess I continue to be a sucker for underdog stories. After Cars 3 they could go the Rocky way and make their own version of Creed, in which a much older Lightning McQueen comes out of retirement to teach an up-and-coming car a thing or two about racing. That’s one road the series could take in the future. Yes, I know it’s cliche, but done well with Pixar’s charm, it could work really well.
Cars 3 was directed by Brian Fee, previously a storyboard artist on the first two Cars movies, now making his feature directorial debut with part 3. Voicing some of the characters in the animation are Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, Chris Cooper, Bonnie Hunt, Tony, Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Larry the Cable Guy (fortunately Mater seems to have a small part in this) and many others.
Cars 3 races to theaters starting June 16th in the US and a few other countries.