Eddie Izzard joins ‘Cars 2’ voice cast

Comedian/actor will be joined by John Turturro

Eddie Izzard and John Turturro will be lending their voices to the forthcoming Cars 2 film.

The film will be the sequel to Pixar and Disney‘s 2006 original.

The animation giants made the announcement at the New York Toy Fair earlier this month. Turturro, star of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, will play the arrogant Francesco Bernoulli, an Italian Formula 1 car that serves as a rival to Owen Wilson’s Lightning McQueen.

Izzard will voice Miles Axelrod, reports Empire. The character is an oil tycoon-turned-environmentalist who sold off his assets and has set about finding alternative fuels.

The pair will join the returning stars of the first film: Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Daniel Lawrence Whitney, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Michael Keaton and Jenifer Lewis.

Previously-announced actors set for new roles include Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Jason Isaacs, Thomas Kretschmann, Joe Mantegna and Peter Jacobson.

John Lasseter and Brad Lewis are directing.

Cars 2 is due for release on July 22.