And it looks like it's going to be a fun ride. Following a string of dramatic teaser trailers that vaguely revealed the storyline and a cast of new characters, this final two-and-a-half minute trailer gives us everything we need to be excited about the upcoming installment.
In it we see Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, and his continued struggle with up-and-coming racer Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer, putting into question whether it's time for the legendary race car to hang up his hat for good. Cars 3, says director John Lasseter, will be "very emotional" compared to the first two movies, and a much-needed return to form following the questionable Cars 2.
"Lightning McQueen, he's awesome," said Lasseter in an interview. "We've got some great new characters, some great racing in it. It's a very emotional story. It's a little bit more akin to Cars 1, where you get into a deep emotion with him. It's really a special story. It's very emotional and his relationship with Doc Hudson, and his memory of Doc Hudson."
Along with Jackson Storm, we'll see the addition of the new character Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo, along with the typical cast from the first two films; Mater, voiced by Larry the Cable Guy, Sally Carrera, voiced by Bonnie Hunt, as well as his previous rival, Chick Hicks, voiced by Michael Keaton.
The new Cars 3 will race into theaters on June 16, 2017. The third installment hopes to well surpass Cars 2's $191,452,396 grossed in the U.S. and Canada when it was released.