Brad Pitt managed to impress actual Formula One drivers with his skills in the front seat, ahead of his new film.
Although production was paused for the Sag strikes, producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that the gang had picked their cameras back up recently, and heaped praise on the Babylon actor.
During an appearance at the Las Vegas Grand Prix race over the weekend, he told Entertainment Tonight: ‘It’ll be very exciting, we have Brad Pitt racing, we did some background filming and we’ll be back here next year.
‘He does it all himself. He’s an amazing athlete, the drivers are amazed at how good he is.’
Little else is known about the release date or plot, other than a promise of ‘summer, 2025’, but Jerry insisted that it won’t just be about the races.
‘It’s all about the drama and the characters,’ he added to the outlet. ‘It’s a great character study, the characters, drivers, the people around them who run those teams, the managers of the teams.’
Brad is starring as Sonny Hayes, driver of the fictional Apex APXGP team, in the upcoming blockbuster, opposite Damson Idris as prodigy Joshua Pearce.
F1 icon Lewis Hamilton is serving as co-producer, and will be starring in the finished product.
Joseph Kosinski, who worked with Tom Cruise on Top Gun: Maverick, will be in the director’s chair, so we’re guaranteed some top-class action.
Brad spent much of the F1 season on tracks for scenes, and was spotted putting his pedal to the metal and racing around the historic Silverstone track earlier this year.
It was previously claimed that the footage was ‘defunct’ after ‘sponsors changed’ following the Sag strikes, something the F1 has strongly denied.
A spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘The movie is still on schedule for its original 2025 release timeframe. All footage captured this year is relevant.
‘It will continue shooting at Grands Prix in 2024, with Brad and Damson driving actual cars on track for racing sequences. The movie will ensure continuity with the 2023 F1 season in footage captured in 2024.
‘There are no changes to any movie sponsors, and all are committed for the duration of the project. The production has been adapting its schedule before and during the SAG strike and has planned to shoot into 2024 for some time.’
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