'Cars 3': Meet the Voices Behind the Vehicles

2:10 PM 6/14/2017

by Kara Haar

The newest film is set to bow Friday.

Disney and Pixar's Cars franchise, starting with Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011) and expanding to this summer's third film in the series, takes place in a world of anthropomorphic vehicles that acquire human-like features.

In the new film, directed by Brian Fee, the legendary Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is back in the racing game but blindsided by a new generation of high-tech racers. The old car crew reunites to get McQueen back in fighting shape. 

Meet the voices behind the motor vehicles in Cars 3 below. 

  • Owen Wilson

    Lightning McQueen

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    Owen Wilson voices Lightning McQueen in Cars 3 as well as in Cars, Mater and the Ghostlight, Cars 2 and The Radiator Springs 500½. In a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Wilson confessed his kids don't actually believe he is the voice of the famous character. 

    "I'm not 100 percent sure they believe me," he told Kimmel, talking about his six- and three-year-old sons. "They're like, 'OK, this is dad's thing, that he likes to pretend he's this animated car.'" 

  • Cristela Alonzo

    Cruz Ramirez

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    Cristela Alonzo voices Cruz Ramirez. This is Alonzo’s first Cars movie but her voice has been featured in The Angry Birds Movie. The yellow sports car, an optimistic friend of Lightning McQueen, gives him advice when he needs it most. 

  • Larry the Cable Guy

    Tow Mater

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    This old tow truck is Lightning McQueen’s best friend. Comedian Larry the Cable Guy voices Mater in in Cars, Mater and the Ghostlight, Cars Toons and Cars 2. He even voiced the truck in the Cars video games. 

  • Armie Hammer

    Jackson Storm

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    Jackson Storm, the film's new antagonist, is a high-tech car that believes he is the future of racing. Armie Hammer voices Storm in his first Cars movie. He’s known for his roles in films such as Nocturnal Animals (2016), The Social Network (2010) and J.Edgar (2011).

    "Jackson Storm knows how to get under Lightning McQueen's paint, if you will," Hammer said, referring to his character, in an interview with Flicks and the City Clips. "He basically goes right for the age button and pushes it until McQueen self implodes." 

  • Nathan Fillion

    Sterling

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    Sterling, voiced by Nathan Fillion, is a brilliant business owner who runs a training center. He’s charming when it comes to making a deal. This is the actor’s first Cars movie.

    "He knows what the trends are an he knows how to succeed," Fillion has said about his character. "He wants to bring Lightening into that success and be a part of that."

  • Bonnie Hunt

    Sally Carrera

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    Sally is a little blue car that also happens to be Lightning McQueen’s girlfriend. Bonnie Hunt voices Sally in each of the Cars movies. This is her fifth voice for a Pixar movie including performances in Toy Story 3 and Monsters University. 

  • Chris Cooper

    Smokey

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    Chris Cooper takes the voice of Smokey, an old pickup truck who runs Smoke's Automotive Service. This is his first Cars movie. He’s known for his roles in Adaptation (2002) and The Patriot (2000).

  • Tony Shalhoub

    Luigi

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    Tony Shalhoub is again the voice of Luigi, a character he also voiced in Cars and Cars 2. The yellow car runs the local tire shop in Radiator Springs. 

     

  • Lea DeLaria

    Miss Fritter

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    By her appearance, Miss Fritter is an intimidating school bus. She has a razor-sharp stop sign, chipped teeth, an X on the tires and a collection of her victims’ license plates. Lea DeLaria voices Miss Fritter for her Cars debut. 

  • Kerry Washington

    Natalie Certain

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    Natalie Certain is a highly respected mathematician that knows her statistics. Kerry Washington voices Natalie Certain in her first Cars movie. She best known for her role as Olivia Pope in Scandal. 

  • Margo Martindale

    Louise Nash

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    Louise “Barnstormer” Nash is based on a real-life racer who was nicknamed the “First Lady of Racing." Margo Martindale voices Louise Nash in her first Cars film. She is known for her roles in The Americans and Justified, winning Emmys for her roles in both.

  • Bob Costas

    Bob Cutlass

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    This well-known sports announcer has covered every type of racer event. Bob Costas, a TV sportscaster in real-life, voices the similarly named Bob Cutlass. 

  • Darrell Waltrip

    Darrell Cartrip

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    Darrel Cartrip is a sports announcer that sits alongside Bob Cutlass for sports commentary. Darrell Waltrip is the voice of Darrell Cartrip in Cars, Cars 2 and Cars 3.

  • Ray and Tom Magliozzi

    Dusty and Rusty

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    Ray and Tom Magliozzi (Dusty and Rusty in Cars 3) are brothers who co-host of NPR's weekly radio show Car Talk, where they were known as "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers."

  • Isiah Whitlock Jr.

    River Scott

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    Based on a real-life racer, Wendell Scott, who was the first African American to win a Cup Series race, River Scott is voiced by Isiah Whitlock Jr. 

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