As I’ve said seven million times in this column series, racing films — and good ones, at that — are very hard to come by.
It’s an unfortunate truth we motorsports movie nerds have to live with.
That said, the last few weeks have brought to light even further details of the upcoming Formula 1 project helmed by director Joseph Kosinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Oscar winner Brad Pitt. The film is reportedly titled Apex, though that still seems a bit tenuous at this point.
Pitt’s film career spans more than 35 years and 100+ credits, while Bruckheimer has produced more than 50. Kosinski’s name might be new to some, but he’s no stranger to big budgets. He directed last year’s Top Gun: Maverick and also has a few other films to his name: 2010’s Tron: Legacy, 2013’s Oblivion (also starring Tom Cruise), 2017’s Only the Brave and 2022’s Spiderhead. I’m no stranger to crying at movies, and Only the Brave is up there with those that had the most impact on me in that regard — the last 10 minutes absolutely destroyed me.
Additionally, Ehren Kruger, who was nominated for an Oscar for writing Maverick, will team up again with Kosinski and Bruckheimer for this film.
Also cast is Kerry Condon, nominated for an Oscar this past year for The Banshees of Inisherin and also with credits in several Marvel films, as well as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Dreamland and more. Damson Idris, an alum of Black Mirror episode “Smithereens” and the Liam Neeson film The Commuter, will also star.
Most recently, Pitt’s credits include portraying stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, for which he won that Oscar, plus Damien Chazelle’s three-hour, debauchery-filled tour de force Babylon, the space epic Ad Astra and David Leitch’s incredibly fun action thriller Bullet Train. Further back, Pitt was in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds as well as everything from Se7en to Fight Club to 12 Years a Slave to Burn After Reading to the underrated Fury.
Back to the production at hand! Longtime Formula 1 reporter, journalist and industry staple Will Buxton moderated a discussion with Kosinski and Bruckheimer, in which it was announced that an “11th team” was set to be created, planned to film on-track at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone through the end of the 2023 season.
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