Jackson Storm will be contesting McQueen’s triumphs in the latest installment of the Cars franchise, according to a first look at the film by Entertainment Weekly, and Storm takes no prisoners.
“Jackson was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Everything comes easy to him, and everything about him says he’s faster, so much so that we’ve designed him so that even when he’s standing next to McQueen, McQueen looks old,” Brian Fee, director of the film said.
The latest installment will also revolve around McQueen’s age. He won’t be the new kid on the block anymore and Fee explained they wanted to really show the progression in racing since the first Cars film arrived on the scene a decade ago.
“He’s in the middle of his life, and as an athlete, that’s getting up there. You have your whole life ahead of you, yet your career is starting to show its age. He’s looking in the mirror and realizing, ‘I’m 40 years old,’ and dealing with the fact that the thing that you love more than anything else, you might not be able to do forever.”
Luckily, McQueen will have a new coach and cheerleader in Cruz Ramirez, an exotic, Camaro looking vehicle. Her optimistic character will likely play an essential part in reinvigorating McQueen.
Fee also said Cars 3 will be the most human of the films, not different from the approach Toy Story 3 took. As for the future of Lightning McQueen?
“I can tell you that for Lightning McQueen, as a character, I think by the end of the movie it’s safe to say that this is only the beginning for him.”