Directed by: James Mangold
Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, Ray McKinnon
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Release date: 15 November, 2019
Running Time: Minutes
American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
Ford v Ferrari (titled Le Mans ’66 in the UK) is an upcoming action biographical drama film directed by James Mangold, and written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller. It stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, while Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone and Ray McKinnon appear in supporting roles. The film follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building from scratch the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.
It is scheduled to be released on November 15, 2019, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures under the 20th Century Fox banner.
A film based on the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari for the dominance at Le Mans endurance race has been in works at 20th Century Fox. Initially, it was going to star Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt from an original screenplay by Jason Keller and based on A. J. Baime’s 2010 book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, but the project fell apart after a script was drafted by writers Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. On February 5, 2018, it was announced that James Mangold has been brought on board to direct a film about the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari leading up to 1966 Le Mans race based on the previous script by Jason Keller, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. Later on Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal and Noah Jupe joined the cast. In July 2018, Jack McMullen was cast in the film to play one of Miles’ key British mechanics, and Tracy Letts also joined to play Henry Ford II, along with Joe Williamson. In August 2018, JJ Feild was cast in the film to play the automotive engineer Roy Lunn, the head of Ford Advanced vehicles in England and the right-hand man to Henry Ford II. Composer Marco Beltrami confirmed in an interview that he would be scoring the film, Beltrami previously worked with Mangold on 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine and Logan.
Filming began on July 30, 2018 on different locations in California, New Orleans, Atlanta, Savannah, Statesboro and Le Mans, France.
The film is scheduled to be released on November 15, 2019, in 2D, IMAX 2D and Dolby Cinema, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures under the 20th Century Fox banner. It was previously scheduled to be released on June 28. The first trailer for the film debuted on June 2, 2019, during Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors.
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