The 2013 movie, Rush, which highlighted James Hunt’s and Niki Lauda’s 1976 epic battle for the Formula 1 World Championship may not have been Oscar nominated, but it was a financial success and made filmmakers take note.
Ten years later, Brad Pitt with the financial help and guidance of Lewis Hamilton, is making a fictional Formula 1 movie which began filming during the British Grand Prix last weekend. Will it be an Oscar winner? The Academy Awards is something all good UK bookmakers offer odds about.
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Pitt Races Through the Plot
Speaking to Sky Sport’s Formula 1 presenter, Martin Brundle, at the weekend a forthright Pitt gave viewers more than a glimpse of the new film’s script. He said: “I would be a guy who raced in the nineties. In fact, I would have been on the track with you at some point.”
“He has a horrible crash, kind of craps out and disappears, and then is racing in other disciplines. And then his friend played by Javier Bardem is a team owner. They’re a last-place team, they’re 21 and 22 on the grid, and they’ve never scored a point. And they have a young phenom played by Damson Idris. And he brings me in as a kind of a Hail Mary. And high jinks ensue.”
“Tell you what’s amazing about it. You’ll see the cameras mounted all over the car. The shots, you’ve never seen speed, you’ve never seen just the G forces like this. It’s really, really exciting.”
Apex on the Right Track
The new film has a working title of ‘Apex’ and it uses modified F2 cars to portray the current generation of Formula 1 cars. The reaction to additional camera crews, the appearance of Brad Pitt driving around Silverstone and even its own garage has not irked teams and drivers.
McLaren boss Zak Brown described the movie as a “massive production” which will “excite” fans. Ferrari driver, Charles Leclerc stressed the camera crew would not be a distraction to the real F1 stars.
For his part, Lewis Hamilton – who says he will not play a cameo role in the film – said: “It’s massively exciting to see it all coming together and to know that we’re finally starting to film this weekend.”
“There are nerves, naturally, because it’s something we’ve been working on for so long, and we want everyone to love it and to really feel that we encapsulate what the essence of this sport is all about. That’s our goal and I hope we can do you proud.”
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.