Date: 12th July 2023
Javier Bardem has joined 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.
As well as it's all-star cast, the project is also set to involve as much real-life action as possible. After the resounding success of Top Gun: Maverick, director Joseph Kosinski was quick to seize his next project, a Formula 1 racing movie starring Brad Pitt in the lead. Apple is producing the film, currently going by the working title, Formula One. However, it will get a worldwide theatrical release before heading to streaming.
Joseph Kosinski is aware of how popular that approach was with moviegoers and hopes to replicate it with Formula One. In an interview with The Wrap, Kosinski said:
"But 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. It’s almost funny to me to see people who are so enamored with real photography. Younger people almost haven’t seen a lot of it. They’re so used to CGI computer-generated images being a tool of big movies that when you shoot something for real, it feels innovative. That’s exactly the approach for Formula One … to shoot at the real races and real cars and capture it. It’s going to be a huge challenge but an exciting one for me."
"Brad Pitt headlining a racing movie helmed by Joseph Kosinski" was enough to spark a major bidding war among the top Hollywood production houses. Ultimately, Apple emerged as the winner, reportedly shelling out $140 million for Formula One. The film will be produced by Kosinski, Jerry Bruckheimer, and seven-time Formula One champion Sir Lewis Hamilton.
Javier Bardem has a busy 2023 ahead of that began with Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid where he played King Trition. The film has already made $280 million domestically at the box-office. He can be seen next reprising his role in Dune Part 2.
Source: Press Release