Cars 3 is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a sequel to Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011), the third installment in the Cars franchise and is scheduled to be released on June 16, 2017.
The film will focus on Lightning McQueen, now a veteran racer, as he participates in races around America with new-friend Cruz Ramirez and new-enemy Jackson Storm and returning characters such as Mater, Sally, and Ramone.
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, 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!
On August 17, 2013, Michael Wallis (voice of Sheriff in the films) told radio listeners that Cars 3 would take place on California’s Route 99.
At the Disney stockholder meeting on March 18, 2014, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Pixar had begun pre-production on Cars 3. In October 2014, Pixar’s chief creative officer John Lasseter revealed at the Tokyo International Film Festival that the film will feature a tribute to Hayao Miyazaki’s film The Castle of Cagliostro in a form of an old Citroën 2CV. production began in summer 2014.