It’s been a year already Michael Mann. Seven long years ago, the acclaimed filmmaker released his last film, 2015’s black hat, but he doesn’t hurt for his job. Earlier this year, Mann . revealed HBO Max’s Tokyo Vicewhich was renewed for a second season, and we are only days away from the release of his first novel, Heat 2which he co-authored Meg Gardiner and plans to direct at some point.
Now, in the midst of it all, Mann is working hard on his latest project, Ferrari, who has built a great cast. Namely, Adam Driver is strapped in to play the sports car maker of the same name, while Penelope Cruz, Shailene Woodleyand Gabriel Leone fills the ensemble in supporting roles. With the film approaching its August start date, Mann has cast Sarah Gadon, Patrick Dempseyand Jack O’Connell in some prominent parts.
As Deadline reports, O’Connell is signed in to play Peter Collinsthe late British racing driver, while Dempsey will appear as co-driver, Piero Taruffic. Moreover, Gadon is attached to the part of Linda Christian, a movie actress. It’s unclear how prominent a role these three will play in the new film, but we can expect more casting updates to come in the coming days and weeks.
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The upcoming biopic takes place in the summer of 1957, when Ferrari (Driver), an ex-driver, is in a financial and emotional crisis. While his company is battling bankruptcy, Ferrari is also struggling at home. His marriage to his wife (Woodley) is fraught with the death of one son and a troubled relationship with the other. Amid these great hardships, Ferrari decides to go against all odds and place its bets on one key race: the iconic Mille Migliawhich takes place 1000 miles across Italy.
Based on Brock Yates‘ 1991 book, Enzo Ferrari – The Man and the MachineMann co-wrote the script with Troy Kennedy Martinand he will produce together PJ van Sandwijk, John Lesher, John Friedberg, Lars Sylvest, Thorsten Schumacherand Gareth Westtogether with Niels Juul executive producing. It’s been a long process for Mann to get this project on screen. 20 years even. And as we get closer to the film’s highly anticipated production start date, hopefully we’ll get a better sense of what Mann has in store for this passion project. However, for clarity, it should be noted that this project should not be confused with Apple TV+‘s Ferrari series, which comes from the creator Steven Ridder.
Ferrari has no release date, but is expected to be out sometime next year. In the meantime, watch Mann talk the making of Heat on the Today Show: