The original Cars movie was great. It had humor, heart, compelling characters, and gave you all the feels that you expect from a Pixar movie. Then Cars 2 came along and it was so thematically different that it felt…wrong. It wasn’t a bad movie, per say, but taking a sports movie and turning it into a spy movie was not only unexpected, it was campy. I didn’t hate the movie. It was fine for what it was and even a bit of fun, but you can’t blame the people that pretend it doesn’t exist.
Well, like or not, we are getting a third installment in the series, and from the trailers thus far, this one looks to be a return to form. As Lightning McQueen gets a little seasoned in his career, it’s only natural that we’d see some fresh faces. Pixar’s Twitter account gives us the first look at a few of them below:
Natalie Certain will be voiced by Scandal‘s Kerry Washington. The character is described as “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 racer’s stats, but she could be underestimating the importance of determination.”
Sterling is brought to you by Castle‘s Nathan Fillion, who sounds perfect as “a brilliant businesscar who runs Rust-eze Racing Center—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.”
The school bus, Miss Fritter, is actually a woman and will be voiced by Orange is the New Black‘s Lea DeLaria. Fritter, despite giving me serious Otto from the Simpsons vibes, is “a local legend at the Thunder Hollow Speedway demolition derby. Fritter’s formidable school-bus size is intimidating, but it’s her smoke stacks of doom, razor-sharp stop sign and crazy collection of her victims’ license plates that usually steers her opponents in the other direction.”
Cars 3 races into theaters June 16.