It seems like decades ago that Walt Disney Studios announced that Cars 3 was coming. And until now, that was pretty much all we knew. Today though in an interview with USA Today, the director of Cars 3 shared some new information about the plot of the new film and revealed some concept art of a new character who will be joining Lightning McQueen. In the concept art a yellow car is seen racing along side Lightning McQueen in a wetlands-like setting.
According to Cars 3 director, Brian Fee, that yellow car is Cruz Ramirez, a female Hispanic young racer who Lightning taps to train him. Lightning hopes that Cruz can show him some new tricks that will help him deal with a new crop of talented rookies challenging him for the championship. This all comes after Lightning supposedly gets dusted by another young racer by the name of Jackson Storm. As such, this is essentially the crux of Lightning’s story in this film, he’s in the middle of his career. Not quite old enough to retire but old enough for fans to wonder when that might be.
Brian Fee also makes it clear that unlike the globe trotting that was done in Cars 2, Cars 3 will take place strictly in America and might even visit some historical American racing landmarks. “This movie is a love letter to racing and the American way,” said Fee. “We’re inspired by all the Americana traveling through the South where every small town has a dirt track.” To me that seems like Cars 3 will take the franchise back to its NASCAR-inspired flavor the first movie had. When you consider that Brian Fee was a part of the story team from the original movie, then that fact isn’t so surprising.
While it was announced that most of the original cast (Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Larry The Cable Guy) will be returning, casting of the new characters such as Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm have not been announced as of yet. For better views of the concept art click the thumbnails below. In the meantime let us know what you think of Cars 3’s story. Do you like the direction its going? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.