Disney Pixar’s ‘Cars 3’ is going full throttle on vocal talent, unveiling its key cast members and characters, including award-winning stars. Alongside returning cast member Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen will be the voices of Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, Lea DeLaria and Lewis Hamilton.
"We're introducing some fun and really appealing characters in 'Cars 3'. We really wanted to find the right voices to help us breathe life into them. We hit a home-run with this group. I couldn't be happier," said directr Brain Fee in a statement.
Nathan Fillion (‘Firefly’, ‘Castle’) voices Sterling, an elite business car who runs one of the most successful training facilities in the country and is determined to ensure all his investments pay off.
Kerry Washington (‘Scandal’) will voice Natalie Certain, a renown statistical analyst whose mathematical gifts allow her to evaluate a racer’s stats, but may fail to take into account he power of determination.
Lea DeLaria (‘Orange is the New Black’) voices Miss Fritter, a formidable school bus and legend at theThunder Hollow Speedway demolition derby.
Three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will provide the voice of Hamilton,a fully loaded, built-in voice command assistant to high-tech trainer Cruz Ramirez. When Lightning McQueen takes his training off road, Cruz enlists Hamilton’s help to keep the struggling racer on track.
Along for the ride and supporting their hometown hero are Fillmore (voice of Lloyd Sherr), Sarge (voice of Paul Dooley), Lizzie (voice of Katherine Helmond), Ramon (voice of Cheech Marin), Sheriff (voice of Michael Wallis) and Flo (voice of Jenifer Lewis).
Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist ‘Cars’, ‘Cars 2’), and produced by Kevin Reher (‘A Bug’s Life’), ‘Cars 3’ follows the legendary Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) who is blindsides by a generation of blazing-fast racers and suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
‘Cars 3’ hits theaters on June 16, 2017.