By Jason Abdow

1/7/2016

A few days ago, Entertainment Weekly revealed a first look at Pixar’s upcoming movie “Cars 3, the final film in the billion dollar animated franchise.

These new images follow a cryptic teaser trailer that was released beack in November, showing a major accident that will involve protagonist racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson). The story will follow McQueen reexamining his career on the track following the incident.

One of the new characters that is shown in this first look is the film’s villain Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer. “Cars 3’s” director Brian Fee describes the character, saying, “Jackson was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Everything comes easy to him, and everything about him says he’s faster, so much so that we’ve designed him so that even when he’s standing next to McQueen, McQueen looks old.”

Fee’s comments on Jackson’s design seem to be true as the car does seem to look newer and more advanced than the cars in the original “Cars” film back in 2006. The character is also from a younger generation of “millennial” vehicles.

The second character that has been revealed is Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo. Cruz, like Jackson, is from a new generation of racecars, but unlike him, she is on McQueen’s side. Cruz is described as a lifelong fan of Lightning and eagerly works to help coach him for his comeback.

John Lasseter, who directed the previous two installments and will serve as executive producer, said that “Cars 3” will be “very emotional” and Fee says it will be “the most human” movie in the trilogy. “Cars 3” will hit theaters this summer on June 16, 2017.