Brad Pitt to drive at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix this weekend
Brad Pitt is set to take to the track at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix as part of his new Formula 1 movie.
The sports epic, directed by Joseph Kosinski of Top Gun: Maverick success focuses on 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.
As well as the inclusion of Pitt in the leading role, the most interesting development so far was that Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton would be involved in his first full production credit, having already received a partial credit for the 2018 documentary film The Game Changer.
Hamilton is “advising on storyline and script to ensure it’s the most accurate racing film ever made.”
Formula 1 journalist Will Buxton has confirmed that Pitt will drive a modified version of an F2 or F3 and that, although he won't actually be racing against other drivers, he will indeed be behind the wheel for a set-piece at Silverstone.
"They’ve spent 18 months taking what they learnt on Top Gun Maverick to develop the smallest moveable 6k camera ever designed to take the viewer into the cockpit," Buxton wrote on Twitter.
"A cockpit in which their stars will actually drive. That’s right. Brad Pitt driving an F1 car from Silverstone onwards."
The British Grand Prix takes place on 9 July.
What an honour to host the final panel of the day at #F1Accelerate with movie royalty Jerry Bruckheimer and Joseph Kosinski. Their F1 movie sounds incredible. They’re creating an 11th team and filming on track and on event from Silverstone to the end of the year. pic.twitter.com/fPAn2rJVoS— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) May 4, 2023
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.