So far, mostly what we know about Cars 3 comes from the trailer and plot descriptions that see Owen Wilson's Lightning McQueen finding himself outclassed on the track by younger new rivals. Now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that three other characters will be added to the series, voiced by Nathan Fillion (Serenity), Kerry Washington (Django Unchained) and Lea DeLaria (Orange Is The New Black).
With Lightning McQueen needing a little help to get his motoring mojo back, he will have to turn to friends old and new. But the latest cast members may not quite be on his side. Washington will be Natalie Certain, an analyst and number cruncher who prides herself on evaluating racers through statistics, but doesn't always account for the influence of determination. Fillion, meanwhile, is Sterling, a driven and dapper businessman (or should that be businesscar) who runs an elite training facility but has no time for losers. Finally, DeLaria is Miss Fritter, a school bus with a no-nonsense attitude.
The cast already includes Christela Alonzo (Cristela) as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez, Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) as fast new racer Jackson Storm and real life racer Lewis Hamilton as a navigation system called, in a less than inspired burst of creativity, Hamilton. Will he help Lightning stop throwing away his shot?
Cars alumni back for this one include Larry The Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt and Tony Shalhoub, and Cars 3 arrives in the UK on 14 July.