Disney-Pixar has dropped the latest trailer for Cars 3, which puts the spotlight on the intense rivalry between the hero of the piece, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), and the new speedy boy in town, Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer).
The movie, helmed by storyboard artist Brian Fee (Cars and Cars 2) in his first directing gig, will also see the return of fan favorites Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt) and Ramone (Cheech Marin). New players include Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) and Sterling, voiced by Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds himself, Nathan Fillion.
Talking about Sterling (and I know I digress here, but NATHAN FILLION), here’s what Brian Fee recently told EW about the character:
“He’s about Lightning’s age, but a businessman’s expiration date never really comes if he’s good. While McQueen is facing the fact that his best days might be behind him, Sterling is at the top of his game. And I think for that reason we designed Sterling to be kind of timeless. We looked at a lot of European cars from the ‘60s. They’re incredibly stylish, with almost a dainty quality. Small, kind of sporty, extremely confident. But not in a way that he has to tell everybody how confident he is.
I think of Sterling as a ten-thousand dollar suit. He’s not a giant man that comes into a room and holds court and demands everybody kiss his ring. He’s not that kind of leader. He’s down to earth and charming and the exactly person you figure should be running this company. He’s the kind of guy that makes you think, hey, I could have a beer with this guy. Or a quart of oil.”
Cars 3 will race to the finish line on June 16.