Brad Pitt and Lewis Hamilton F1 Racing Film: Every thing You Must Know

  • Lewis Hamilton continues to be looking for an eighth F1 championship, however he has already gotten a head begin on his subsequent profession.
  • One enterprise received’t stray too removed from the monitor, as he’s making a racing film with Brad Pitt.
  • We’ve got collected extra particulars which have emerged, together with Pitt’s co-star, Damson Idris.

Brad Pitt and Damson Idris

Brad Pitt and Damson Idris in the course of the filming of their F1 film.

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Megastars Brad Pitt and Lewis Hamilton are teaming up for a brand new Method One film, and extra particulars are beginning to emerge. 

With the names already hooked up to the mission, there may be strain to create a fantastic movie, however that hasn’t scared the seven-time F1 champ.

“I’ve such excessive hopes for it,” Hamilton stated in October. “I do know we’re going to make one of the best racing film that’s ever existed, each visually, and we’re going to work on ensuring we pull on the heartstrings of all these followers.”

Filming started on the British Grand Prix in July, with one report saying Pitt will likely be alone on the monitor in between F1 periods. 

Pitt and Hamilton will not be the one huge names on board to make the film. Beneath, we check out the folks related and different particulars we now have already discovered. 

What’s the film’s title, and what is going to or not it’s about?

One report stated the film is anticipated to be titled, “Apex.” Nevertheless, that authentic tweet from ESPN has been deleted, and different stories say Apex is simply the title of Pitt’s F1 crew within the film. 

So, we nonetheless don’t know the film’s title, however we do have a normal concept of the plot.

In line with IMDB, the film “follows a Method One driver (Pitt) who comes out of retirement to mentor and crew with a youthful driver.”

An earlier model of the movie was referred to as “Go Like Hell.” Nevertheless, that was when Tom Cruise was tied to the mission. 

Whereas Cruise is now not a part of the mission, he has apparently provided to do some driving for the movie. 


Who’s making the film?

The film is being made by Hamilton’s new manufacturing firm, Daybreak Apollo Movies, and Apple’s studio arm landed the movie. Apple TV can be making a documentary about Hamilton.

Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner seems to be taking a direct curiosity within the making of the film as he attended the US Grand Prix in Austin, the place he met with Pitt and Hamilton and waved the checkered flag to finish the race.

Lewis Hamilton, Brad Pitt, and Tim Cook

Lewis Hamilton, Brad Pitt, and Tim Prepare dinner.

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The film will likely be directed by Joseph Kosinski, who was behind the current blockbuster, “High Gun: Maverick,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for Greatest Image. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced each “High Gun” films and the favored NASCAR hit, “Days of Thunder,” will do the identical on this one.

A few of the expertise used to make the “High Gun” sequel may even be used on this F1 film. 

“I used to be significantly impressed by the expertise they confirmed us,” Haas crew principal Gunther Steiner stated in October. “They used it to do ‘Maverick,’ I didn’t know that this existed, so I believe they’re one of the best on the market in the intervening time to do one thing like this.”

A few of that tech will likely be the tiny 6K cameras they built specifically for “Top Gun: Maverick,” which allowed footage to be filmed contained in the cockpits of the planes. We will assume we are going to see comparable views within the F1 film.

Top Gun: Maverick Tom Cruise

High Gun: Maverick

Pitt will drive a modified F2 automotive, and his crew title will likely be Apex. Pitt reportedly logged over 1,000 km within the automotive whereas coaching in France. 

“High Gun: Maverick” author Ehren Kruger will fill the identical function on this movie, though it seems like he’s already getting assist from Pitt and Hamilton.

“It’s a extremely cool mission,” Hamilton, who can be listed as a producer and advisor, stated in June. “We’re already engaged on the script, for instance … which is enjoyable, spending good time with Brad, which is fairly epic.”

When will the film be launched?

We don’t have an official launch date for the film but. Nevertheless, contemplating the names concerned and different similarities to “High Gun: Maverick,” we are able to guestimate an analogous timeline.

Filming started in the course of the 2023 season on the British Grand Prix. Here’s a take a look at the automotive for Pitt’s fictional F1 crew on the monitor earlier than the race.

Brad Pitt's F1 car.

Brad Pitt’s F1 automotive.

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And right here is the storage they arrange on the British Grand Prix only for Pitt’s fictional crew.

Brad Pitt F1 garage.

Brad Pitt’s F1 storage on the British Grand Prix.

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In line with F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, extra filming will happen at numerous areas in the course of the F1 season to seize actual drivers in motion. In line with Motorsport, Prepare dinner, Pitt, and Hamilton met with F1 crew bosses concerning the mission and their involvement in making the movie.

In line with Deadline, “High Gun: Maverick” took virtually a 12 months to finish the principal images. The discharge date was initially scheduled for 3 months after that (it was later delayed as a result of COVID pandemic).

In a “doubtlessly game-changing deal,” Apple TV will first distribute the film in theaters, in response to The Hollywood Reporter. Will probably be completely in theaters for a minimum of 30 days earlier than hitting Apple TV+.

If all goes properly and this film follows an analogous timeline as “Maverick,” we should always be capable to anticipate the movie to hit theaters someday late in 2024 or early 2025.

Who’s starring within the film?

Pitt will star as the principle character, Sonny Hayes, an F1 driver who comes out of retirement to mentor a youthful driver.

In line with Pitt, his character begins driving in F1 within the Nineteen Nineties when he “has a horrible crash, type of craps out and disappears.” Hayes then left F1 to compete in different disciplines of motorsports.

IMDB additionally lists Hamilton as a part of the solid, though it looks like any presence he has in entrance of the digicam will likely be restricted to on-track motion, together with different present F1 drivers.

“I don’t plan to be in it, no,” Hamilton advised the media in June, including later: “It’s going to take us drivers to be concerned in [filming the on-track action]. However we’re not actors … We don’t need this film to be crap, which might be why I’m not going to be a part of it additionally.”

Hamilton helps with casting, and step one was discovering Pitt’s co-star. 

After some intense driving auditions, the producers picked Damson Idris, in response to Deadline. Idris is finest recognized for his lead function within the FX collection “Snowfall.” He’ll play a personality named Joshua Pearce.

Damson Idris

Damson Idris.

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Hamilton beforehand spoke concerning the technique of selecting Idris.

“We’re going by way of a course of proper now of choosing the character that will likely be alongside Brad, which is thrilling,” Hamilton stated. “We’ve got recordings of them doing sure scenes, and we acquired by way of it. I’ve sat within the workplace with Jerry and Joe and Brad, and we’ve been watching them and type of given our inputs and what we predict.”

Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton speak to the media.

Lewis Hamilton challenged crew boss Toto Wolff to think about what it was prefer to be him when he was the one Black individual on the crew.

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Pitt additionally revealed that he’s recruiting former F1 driver and present commentator Martin Brundle to be within the film and that Javier Bardem will play the crew’s proprietor within the movie. As well as, Kerry Condon from “Higher Name Saul” and “The Banshees of Inisherin” will play the crew’s technical director.

Javier smiling in a suit in front of a backdrop.

Javier Bardem.


Whereas we don’t know who else will land roles within the movie, you could be certain the solid will likely be numerous, one thing Hamilton has labored on with F1 in actual life.

“I believe my duty is to verify it’s numerous,” Hamilton stated. “I need to make the film, when it comes to like having variety and illustration. I would like it to be as Method 1 ought to be sooner or later — or ought to be now, however will likely be sooner or later.”