Apple Studios has announced it has acquired the rights to a Formula 1 film starring Brad Pitt and produced by Lewis Hamilton.
Apple’s as-yet-untitled Formula 1 film will star 58-year-old Bitt as an older driver who comes out of retirement to join a rookie team mate and take on the series’ top competitors.
The film will be produced by Hamilton, Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment company (which previously created World War Z), Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman (who also worked on Top Gun: Maverick, as well as the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise).
It remains to be seen whether the film will include an appearance by seven-times F1 champion Hamilton, who has previously made cameo appearances and voice acting roles in films including Cars 2, Cars 3 and Zoolander 2, as well as hit game Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Hamilton was also executive producer on the 2018 documentary film The Game Changers, about a Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor’s switch to vegan protein. The new Apple Original Films project will be his first full production credit.
Pitt has previously shown a strong interest in motorsport including waving the start flag at the 2016 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He had previously worked for several years on a biopic about the Le Mans racer and engineer Caroll Shelby, also with Kosinski, which eventually became the Matt Damon-fronted Ford vs Ferrari (aka Le Mans ’66).
Screenwriter Kruger, in addition to having worked on Top Gun: Maverick, is best known for writing three of the Transformers franchise films, the sequels Revenge Of the Fallen, Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction.
Apple Studios is the production house for AppleTV+ original productions. It is also working with Pitt and George Clooney on another original film, as yet untitled.
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