As part of the Cars 2 panel that was held today in New York City, Disney debuted two new English characters: Miles Axelrod and Nigel Gearsley. The film continues to add famous individuals to its cast, as comedian Eddie Izzard was announced as the voice of Miles Axelrod. Read on for hi-res images and official descriptions of the characters.
Miles Axelrod (voiced by Eddie Izzard)
Sir Miles Axlerod is a former oil baron who has sold off his fortune, converted himself into an electric vehicle and has devoted his life to finding the renewable, clean-burning energy source of the future—ultimately discovering what he believes is the fuel everyone should be using. Axlerod is also the car behind the World Grand Prix, a three-country race he created that attracts the world’s top athletes—but it’s really an excuse to show off his new wonder-fuel, Allinol.
Nigel Gearsley from Warwickshire, England, is an Aston Martin DB9R racer bearing #9. He got his start racing the Speed Hill Climb—a unique, completely uphill race through the Aston Hill Mountain Area that his family has run for generations. Nigel’s racing career has been anything but an uphill challenge, as he’s won nearly every start in the past few years on the Grand Touring Sports Car circuit, including a string of podiums at Nurburgring and Le Mans. His cool British refinement makes him an imposing presence on the World Grand Prix courses.
Thanks to HeyUGuys for the character descriptions.
Many more surprises are in-store as Cars 2 approaches its release date, June 24th! More coverage of today’s Cars 2 event is coming up soon.