Celebrities from movie, TV and music are frequent sights on a System 1 grid, however that’s normally through the pre-race grid stroll the place they mingle with their motorsport counterparts and conduct awkward interviews. Very not often are they seen in an precise automobile about to affix the race.
This weekend, actor Brad Pitt will at the very least fake to take action, as he will likely be on the British Grand Prix at Silverstone filming an untitled System 1 film for Apple Unique Movies.
The unnamed film was introduced final summer time and can star Pitt together with Damson Idris. Will probably be directed by Joseph Kosinski, who helmed Prime Gun: Maverick. Plot particulars are skinny at this stage, however each Pitt and Idris play drivers racing for the fictional “APXGP” group, presumably referred to as “Apex,” and sure in a mentor-turned-rivalry relationship given the age disparity of the 2 leads.
Although the fictional eleventh group has its personal storage in place, it received’t truly intrude with the race correct, although filming will happen throughout this weekend’s occasion. The movie can even area the group’s hero automobile throughout non-race durations. Forward of the race, F1’s official web site gave us a primary take a look at the automobile getting used within the film. The black and gold automobile appears pretty according to the design of the present lineup however is genuinely a System 2 chassis designed with some assist from Mercedes to seem like the true deal.
Each Pitt and Idris have educated extensively to really drive the automobile, which may be very a lot according to director Kosinski’s strategy to sensible results as seen in Maverick. It helps that seven-time F1 champion and present Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is among the producers on the present. Hamilton has been readily available to offer tips to the actors throughout monitor day periods, and it additionally explains the shut ties the manufacturing has with Mercedes-AMG, each in actual life and within the film’s fiction. Together with the design assist, the automobile’s black and gold livery is branded with the logos of actual life sponsors, together with AMG, indicating that it’s the group’s engine provider.
The film follows an awesome custom of motorsport movies like Ron Howard’s 2013 film Rush, depicting F1 racing within the Nineteen Seventies; 1966’s Grand Prix, directed by John Frankenheimer; and Le Mans, a 1971 film by Lee H. Katzin concerning the well-known endurance race starring Steve McQueen. It’s additionally putting on the time the place System 1’s recognition has seen an enormous spike, a lot of which is because of the widespread Netflix docuseries Drive to Survive, which is on its fifth season this yr and contains a dramatized retelling of the earlier F1 season.
We’ll have to attend and see if the Apple Unique is any good, however given the director’s reliance on actual driving, the involvement with at the very least one F1 group and the watchful eye of a world champion, we’re pondering it’s okay to get our hopes up for this one.
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