Out talking up this coming weekend’s launch of “Finding Dory” at the film’s premiere, Pixar’s CCO John Lassetter has also spoken about the next film in the “Cars” film series which sees Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) return to cinemas next Summer.
While the second film took on a spy thriller feel, Lassetter tells EW that the third focuses heavily on McQueen’s past relationship with Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), his mentor from the original film:
“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.”
The film will also reportedly show McQueen trying to adapt to the world of racing, as bigger, faster, and younger cars begin to dominate the sport. A yellow car named Cruz Ramirez starts to train McQueen – a central relationship in the sequel.
“Cars 3” opens in cinemas June 16th 2017.