Disneyâ€¢Pixarâ€™s â€œCars 3â€ reveals key voice cast and characters, featuring award-winning stars. According to director Brian Fee, the roster includes both new and returning characters. â€œWeâ€™re introducing some fun and really appealing characters in â€˜Cars 3,â€™â€ said Fee, â€œso we really wanted to find the right voices to help us breathe life into them. We hit a homerun with this group; I couldnâ€™t be happier.â€
Following are the newcomers and â€œCarsâ€ franchise veterans who join the previously announced voice talent and characters: Owen Wilson as world champion racer Lightning McQueen, Cristela Alonzo as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez, and Armie Hammer as sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm.
- Kerry Washington (ABCâ€™s â€œScandal,â€ HBOâ€™s â€œConfirmationâ€) lends her voice to Natalie Certain, a highly respected statistical analyst who knows her numbers. Book-smart and mathematically gifted, Certain may earn top marks in her ability to evaluate a racerâ€™s stats, but she could be underestimating the importance of determination.
- Nathan Fillion (ABCâ€™s â€œCastle,â€ ABCâ€™s â€œModern Familyâ€) voices Sterling, a brilliant businesscar who runs Rust-eze Racing Centerâ€”one of the most successful elite training facilities in the country. The always dapper Sterling comes across as unassuming and laid back, but business is business, and Sterling is driven to ensure all of his investments pay off.
- Lea DeLaria (Netflixâ€™s â€œOrange is the New Blackâ€) provides the voice of Miss Fritter, a local legend at the Thunder Hollow Speedway demolition derby. Fritterâ€™s formidable school-bus size is intimidating, but itâ€™s her smoke stacks of doom, razor-sharp stop sign and crazy collection of her victimsâ€™ license plates that usually steers her opponents in the other direction.
Three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was called on to voice 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 Hamiltonâ€™s help to keep the struggling racer on track.
â€œCars 3â€ also welcomes the gang from Radiator Springs back to the big screen, including Lightning McQueenâ€™s best buddy Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy), and #95â€™s No. 1 fan Sally (voice of Bonnie Hunt). Friends supporting their hometown hero include 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).
Loyal transporter Mack (voice of John Ratzenberger), big-hearted Italian Fiat 500 Luigi (voice of Tony Shalhoub) and charming little Italian forklift Guido (voice of Guido Quaroni) continue to support Lightning McQueenâ€™s racing endeavors. World-renowned sports announcer Bob Cutlass (voice of Bob Costas) is still calling the races, and Chick Hicks (voice of Bob Peterson) is backâ€”this time as a commentator on the Racing Sports Network. The lovable duo Dusty (voice of Ray Magliozzi) and Rusty (voice of Tom Magliozzi) return as Rust-ezeâ€™s chief proprietorsâ€”though they have big things in store for Lightning McQueen.