Owen Wilson says he got Cars role because of Jackie Chan's Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights
Actor Owen Wilson who will be seen next as the maverick Lightening McQueen in the much awaited animation franchise Cars 3 releasing on 16th June, gave a teasing update to his fans by hinting at the franchise comedy sequel Shanghai Dawn.
The surprise blockbuster hits Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights from 2000 and 2003 saw Owen Wilson rise as a comic star!
Recently while promoting Cars 3 at the premieres, Wilson reportedly spoke about how his appearances in Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights landed him the role of Lightning McQueen – saying, “Yeah, there is some talk. Uh, I saw Jackie not too long ago and we were talking about it, but it’s funny that you mention that because Shanghai Noon was the movie, I think, that helped me sorta become involved with Cars because when I met John Lasseter, he and his kids had enjoyed that movie, and he said that he had this animated movie that he thought maybe I’d be good for so that’s, you know, how I ended up getting cast as Lightning McQueen.”
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.
“Cars 3” features Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” upcoming “Wonder”) as the voice of Lightning McQueen. Cristela Alonzo (“The Angry Birds Movie”) voices tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez, who tries to help #95 return to greatness, and Armie Hammer (“The Birth of a Nation”) lends his voice to next-gen racer Jackson Storm, whose high-tech speed leaves Lightning McQueen behind. Kerry Washington (ABC’s “Scandal,” HBO’s “Confirmation”) was called on to voice statistical analyst Natalie Certain, Nathan Fillion (ABC’s “Castle,” ABC’s “Modern Family”) provides the voice of brilliant business-car Sterling, Lea DeLaria (Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”) lends her voice to formidable school bus Miss Fritter, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton helps bring voice command assistant Hamilton to life.