This summer, fans will be re-introduced to Lightning McQueen in Disney Pixar's highly-anticipated sequel Cars 3. Today we get our first look at this race car back in action with a new teaser trailer. Unfortunately, we don't get a look at Lightning's lovable sidekick Mater or any of the other characters from Cars and Cars 2, but it's clear from this teaser that everything will change for Lightning McQueen. Disney hasn't announced when a full trailer will be released, but it may happen soon.
Disney released this first video earlier today, which shows Lightning McQueen in the midst of a race. What's surprising is the end of this teaser shows this race car involved in a vicious car crash, with the new tagline "From this moment everything will change." Disney hasn't released any further story details at this time, but earlier this year, we got our first look at a new character. The studio released concept art of Cruz Ramirez, a new speedster on the racing circuit, back in March.
It isn't ultimately clear from this teaser if Cruz Ramirez has any involvement in Lightning McQueen's accident, and the actor who will be voicing Ramirez has yet to be revealed. Cruz Ramirez will serve as Lightning McQueen's new trainer, while another new character named Jackson Storm is said to have "trounced" Lighning McQueen during a race. Director Brian Fee teased in March that, at this point in his career, some are wondering whether Lightning may retire. Here's what Brian Fee had to say in March about Jackson Storm.
"Jackson Storm is the face of these rookies who have come onto the scene. And McQueen is in a position where his entire racing generation is being pushed out. But it's too early to be shown the door right now. Everyone can relate to feeling like someone is at their heels, that they might be a little outdated in something they used to be very good at, feeling an expiration date. And knowing you need someone to help you get a second chance."
Brian Fee is directing this animated sequel from a script by Daniel Gerson, with Pixar's John Lasseter producing. Cars 3 will go up against Kingsman: The Golden Circle when it hits theaters on June 16, 2017. Take a look at the first footage from Cars 3 below.