As the new trailer for CARS 3 pans across a wall of in-universe merchandise, there’s little doubt as to why we’re up to the third installment of the Disney/Pixar franchise. With over $1 billion in the box office, and an additional $10 billion in merchandising sales, the series is a reigning champ for the studio. So while the film is about a comeback for its lead character, this really is a Cars world: and we’re just living in it.
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is 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, 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! It is the directorial debut of Brian Fee, who has worked as a storyboard artist and prop designer for Disney for the last few decades.
CARS 3 drives into Australian cinemas on 22 June, and the 16 June in the US, from Disney.