Disney and Pixar’s Cars franchise started off strong, setting up an immersive world of anthropomorphic automobiles and telling a heartfelt story. Then Cars 2 happened and the storytelling sputtered out. Now, it looks like the series is going to return to form with Cars 3, which has a brand new trailer for us to check out.

The story revolves around an aging Lightning McQueen being pushed out of the sport he loves by a new breed of racecar. More specifically, a car named Jackson Storm will prove to be McQueen's nemesis.

Here's the official synopsis from Disney:

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, Cruz Ramirez (voice of 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!

Cars 3 adds Armie Hammer to the voice cast as Jackson Storm. And, yes, Mater and Sally are back along with all of your favorite Cars characters.

If this trailer is any indication, it definitely looks like Cars 3 could be a return to form for the series. The third film seems to have a much more tightly focused plot than the second movie, and it looks to have the heart of the first. back to the original film with a more tightly focused plot than the wayward

 Cars 3 opens in the US on June 16 and the UK on July 14.

Brian Linder
Brian Linder is Sr. Entertainment Editor at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM from IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite TheForce.net and co-creator of the movie site, FilmForce, acquired in 2006. He's into space operas and superheroes.