Academy Award-winning movie star Brad Pitt has taken a firm stance on the current dual strikes that continue to rock Hollywood to its very core. Pitt is standing in solidarity with the striking writers and actors. According to Deadline, he has personally requested a temporary halt in the production of his highly anticipated Formula One blockbuster film. As the producer of the project, Pitt made this decision in response to the concerns raised by the crew members involved in the production.
Javier Bardem has rounded the cast of Apple Studios’ untitled F1 pic starring Brad Pitt. The cast also includes Damson Idris, Kerry Condon and Tobias Menzies. Joseph Kosinski is set to direct.
Kosinski will produce his untitled feature alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman of Jerry Bruckheimer Films (Top Gun: Maverick), seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton through his Dawn Apollo banner and Plan B, with Copper CEO Penni Thow serving as executive producer.
Pitt stars as a former driver returning to the sport with fictional team APXGP, with Idris playing his teammate. Made in collaboration with F1, the movie began filming last week and over the weekend shot some of the pic at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
There is an 11th team in the pit lane at the British Grand Prix this weekend, with a lead driver even more globally recognisable than Lewis Hamilton. Hollywood’s Brad Pitt is testing his mettle on the circuit as recording begins for a hi-tech and big-budget production from Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski.
In his new film, Pitt portrays a veteran racer who returns to F1 after decades away from the sport. Amid extensive lengths to attempt to make the film as realistic as possible, the world-famous actor is getting as close as realistically possible to racing in F1 in real life.
During breaks over the next three days, a car with unfamiliar livery is hitting the tracks. Filming includes a mixture of Pitt, his co-star, Damson Idris and a secret professional driver behind the wheel. The team was already on the track on Thursday and there will be about six more breaks during the schedule over the next three days in which the car will appear before fans.
Apple Studios has revealed a first-look image from Brad Pitt’s hotly anticipated Formula One feature.
The untitled film, which also features Snowfall star Damson Idris in a lead role, is set in the world of elite motor racing. Pitt stars as a former F1 driver who returns to race for the fictional APXGP team, a middling outfit, alongside Idris’ character.
The movie is being produced in collaboration with F1 and will be shot in and around actual Grand Prix race weekends. The project is looking to tap into the current popularity of F1 racing that has been fueled by Netflix’s dramatic docuseries Drive to Survive.
British actor Tobias Menzies, Emmy winner for Netflix’s “The Crown,” has joined the cast of Apple Original Films’ Formula One racing feature, Variety can reveal.
Menzies joins a cast led by Brad Pitt, alongside Damson Idris (“Snowfall”) and BAFTA winner Kerry Condon (“The Banshees of Inisherin”). The as yet untitled film stars Pitt as a former driver who returns to the sport. Menzies’ role is being kept under wraps at the moment. The film will shoot across various Grand Prix’s this summer.
Brad Pitt is getting in the cockpit of a real race car for his upcoming film on Formula One, according to director Joseph Kosinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
During a panel about the untitled film at the F1 Accelerate Summit in Miami, Kosinski and Bruckheimer shared production details of the Apple Studios movie, which stars Pitt and counts seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton among its producers.
Lewis Hamilton and Brad Pitt’s Formula 1 film will be fully integrated into the race weekend at Silverstone. Speaking to Formula 1 investors, chairman Stefano Domenicali announced that the sport is working closely with the film’s producers, although it may become “invasive” during the race weekend.
Besides Hamilton and Pitt, producer Jerry Bruckheimer is also involved in the project. The film will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, who also recently made Top Gun: Maverick. The team will have the full cooperation of Formula 1, Domenicali made clear, although the sport itself will of course take priority.
“We’re going to start the shooting in Silverstone very soon, and you will see it will be the first movie when basically, they will be within the racing event,” the F1 president explained, quoted by Racefans. “It will be quite invasive in terms of production, it’s something that we need to control in a way, but it will be another way of showing that F1 never stops.”
Hamilton, who has also sought advice from Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, explained: “We’re going through a process right now of selecting the character that will be alongside Brad, which is exciting.
“Basically that’s the process of watching [the auditions].
“We have recordings of them doing certain scenes and we got through it. I have sat in the office with Jerry and Joe and Brad, and we’ve been watching them and kind of given our inputs and what we think.”
“I want to make the movie, in terms of like having diversity and representation, I want it to be as Formula 1 should be in the future – or should be now, but will be in the future,” insisted seven-time F1 champion Hamilton.
“I want to see female mechanics. We would love to see a female driver. We haven’t gotten to that point just yet. But why not?
“Right now, we’ve still got the script. We’ve gone through quite a few different iterations of it. We’re still waiting for a new rewrite, and that’s the whole process. But I was doing that throughout Christmas.
“It’s exciting. I’m excited to get to the next end of the script. I was talking to Brad last night about the characters that we have coming.”
The film will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, who was responsible for Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, Only the Brave and the recent hit Top Gun: Maverick.
Like the last named film the F1 project will be produced by Bruckheimer, whose lengthy CV includes the original Top Gun, NASCAR movie Days of Thunder and the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
With a screenplay by Ehren Kruger, who also wrote Top Gun: Maverick, the story revolves around a veteran driver who mentors an up-and-coming youngster.
Lewis Hamilton is closely connected with the project as a producer, and his manager Penni Thow is also involved. Apple Screen is underwriting the project.
All team bosses were invited to the F1 hospitality building in Austin today to meet Pitt, Bruckheimer and Kosinski, with Stefano Domenicali among those also present.
Essentially the gathering was an opportunity for the Hollywood guys to give the teams an idea of what they plan to do.
The meeting focused on a demonstration of the technology used in Top Gun: Maverick, and specifically how CGI was successfully combined with real action footage.
The teams will have individual meetings with the film people over the remainder of the Austin weekend. It’s not yet clear whether they will be asked to supply current or near current cars for use in the production.
Kosinski stressed recently that shooting real cars in action will be a key part of the production.
Although details are still being discussed, F1 is expected to offer full co-operation, including sanctioning filming on race weekends.
Fresh from box office triumph with Top Gun: Maverick, director Joseph Kosinski promises similar “in-camera action” on his forthcoming racing car movie.
Kosinski says he will be using effects created solely by the camera — to make viewers feel like they are behind the wheel at 200mph, in the film with the working title of Formula One – to star Brad Pitt and co-produced by seven-time world champion racing driver Lewis Hamilton.
“Certainly seeing people react to an in-camera, authentically captured film like Top Gun makes us all feel good that our approach works and is appreciated by audiences,” he told The Wrap.
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