Brad Pitt is set to star in a new Formula 1 movie about a veteran driver who comes out of retirement to act as a mentor to a younger star, while also aiming to reclaim glory for himself.
The movie will be directed by Joseph Kosinski who is fresh off enormous success with Top Gun: Maverick.
A press release from Apple Studios confirmed that they had beat off competition to land production rights.
"Apple Studios has landed the sought-after Formula One racing feature from Joseph Kosinski, Plan B Entertainment and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, starring Academy Award winner Brad Pitt ('Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood').
"Kosinski ('Top Gun: Maverick') is set to direct, and will produce the feature alongside seven-time Formula One champion Sir Lewis Hamilton, Plan B Entertainment ('World War Z'), Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman of Jerry Bruckheimer Films ('Top Gun: Maverick,' 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise).
"Brad Pitt stars as a driver who comes out of retirement to compete alongside a rookie driver against the titans of the sport.
"The film is produced by Bruckheimer and Oman of Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Kosinski, Mercedes driver and seven-time Formula One champion Hamilton, and Plan B Entertainment. Copper CEO Penni Thow serves as executive producer. Ehren Kruger ('Top Gun: Maverick') writes the screenplay.'
As well as the inclusion of Pitt in the leading role, the most interesting development is that Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton will be involved in his first full production credit, having already received a partial credit for the 2018 documentary film The Game Changer.
Hamilton set to produce F1 movie
Hamilton is one of the most successful motorsport drivers of all time and has won seven world championships, a record he currently holds alongside Michael Schumacher.
He holds the records for the most wins, pole positions, and podium finishes in F1.
Hamilton has always held high-profile interests away from the sport too, though, such as fashion.
He has already had small appearances in three movies - Cars 2, Cars 3 and Zoolander 2.
Hamilton has promised that the new movie will be the best racing film ever made.
“I know we’re going to make the best racing movie that’s ever existed, both visually, and we’re going to work on making sure we pull on the heartstrings of all those fans,” he shared.
Pitt, meanwhile, is a long time fan of motorsport and flew the start flag at the 2016 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Oscar winner was previously involved in the development of a biopic about Le Mans racer and engineer Caroll Shelby, though this later developed into Ford v Ferrari starring Matt Damon.