Posted on June 6, 2017 at 11:15 am


Cars 3 Will Feature Posthumous Performance from Paul Newman

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Disney Pixar’s popular Lightning McQueen is back on the big screen as the successful ‘Cars’ franchise hits screens once again, but he’s not a rookie anymore. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen finds himself suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.

Even though Paul Newman who played the role of Doc Hudson passed away in September 2008, Pixar won’t let a little thing like death keep them from bringing the legendary actor back for a posthumous performance in ‘Cars 3’.

While the studio hasn’t announced his appearance in the sequel, Newman’s name is listed among the other voice actors in the official ‘Cars 3’ cast list. All we can do is waiting until the filmed is screened in order to find out if Pixar recycled dialogue from ‘Cars’ (2006) or used dialogue that Newman recorded that didn’t make into the first film.

It has been over a decade since Cars came out and Newman played the role of Doc Hudson. He voiced the 1951 Hudson Hornet who was a talented racer long ago but gave up the fast-life to become Radiator Springs’ judge and doctor (more like a mechanic). Although the old-timer took some time to warm up to the town’s newest arrival, Doc Hudson eventually mentors Lightning McQueen, teaching the young hotshot some new tricks and that there is more to life than being the fastest. In 2011’s ‘Cars 2’, the Piston Cup was renamed after him and his clinic was converted into a museum to honour him. Rumours say that Doc Hudson will either appear in a flashback sequence or as a ghost.

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (played by Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he needs the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (played by Cristela Alonzo), 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!

The voice cast also features Armie Hammer as Jackson Storm, Larry The Cable Guy as Mater, Bonnie Hunt as Sally Carrera, Cheech Marin as Ramone, Michael Wallis as Sheriff, and Paul Dooley Sarge.


Directed by Fee (storyboard artist ‘Cars’, ‘Cars 2’), produced by Reher (‘A Bug’s Life’, ‘La Luna’ short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (‘LAVA’ short), ‘Cars 3’ is executive produced by John Lasseter, who directed the first two films in the franchise. Featuring a score by Oscar-winning composer Randy Newman (‘Toy Story 3’, ‘Cars’), Disney Pixar’s ‘Cars 3’ cruises into theatres on June 16, 2017.

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