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Disney and Pixar’s Cars 3 rolls out a full list of key voice cast and characters. Owen Wilson returns as Lightning McQueen. He is joined by the previously announced Cristela Alonzo as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez, and Armie Hammer as sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm.

“We’re introducing some fun and really appealing characters in Cars 3,” said director Brian Fee, “so we really wanted to find the right voices to help us breathe life into them. We hit a homerun with this group; I couldn’t be happier.”

RETURNING FAVORITES

Cars 3 also welcomes back the gang from Radiator Springs. Larry the Cable Guy returns to voice McQueen’s best buddy Mater, as well as Bonnie Hunt as Sally. Also returning are Lloyd Sherr as Fillmore (Who replaced the late George Carlin in Cars 2), Paul Dooley as Sarge, Cheech Marin as Ramon, Michael Wallis as Sheriff, and Jenifer Lewis as Flo.

Loyal transporter Mack (voiced by John Ratzenberger), big-hearted Italian Fiat 500 Luigi (voiced by Tony Shalhoub) and charming little Italian forklift Guido (voiced by Guido Quaroni) continue to support Lightning McQueen’s racing endeavors. World-renowned sports announcer Bob Cutlass (voiced by Bob Costas) is still calling the races, and Chick Hicks (voiced by Bob Peterson) is back—this time as a commentator on the Racing Sports Network. The lovable duo Dusty (voiced by Ray Magliozzi) and Rusty (voiced by Tom Magliozzi) return as Rust-eze’s chief proprietors—though they have big things in store for Lightning McQueen.

NEWCOMERS

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Kerry Washington (Scandal) 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 racer’s stats, but she could be underestimating the importance of determination.

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Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly) voices Sterling, 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.

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Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black) provides the voice of Miss Fritter, 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.

LANE CHANGE

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 Hamilton’s help to keep the struggling racer on track.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen 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!

Cars 3 cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017.

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Christina E. Janke

Christina is the co-host of “Intro to Geek” on Shauncastic and Editor-in-Chief at Agents of Geek. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Gail Simone. She hopes to be just like them when she grows up.

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