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It’s Lights Out & Away We Go on Joseph Kosinski’s ‘F1’ Movie

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“It’s just cars racing.”

That’s the phrase — or things equally as dismissive — I saw in far too many comment sections on Instagram, Twitter and otherwise in the wake of the teaser for the 2025 film F1, directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Brad Pitt.

It won’t be. I promise.

Kosinski helmed Top Gun: Maverick a couple of years ago, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest sequels ever made. He notably also directed Only the Brave back in 2017; another legacyquel in Tron: Legacy in 2011 as his debut feature; and Oblivion, his first collaboration with Tom Cruise.

Pitt, of course, has an Academy Award to his name thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and really needs no introduction, thanks to an acting repertoire that ranges from Inglourious Basterds to Se7en to Ocean’s Eleven (not to mention underrated gems like Ad Astra or Fury).

We don’t have much to go on, to be fair. We have one teaser trailer that clocks in at under two minutes and only gives us a minimal taste of what this movie will be like. I’d wager the runtime will be somewhere in the neighborhood of two hours and 20 minutes (book it, Danno). We know that it follows an older, retired Formula 1 driver (Pitt) who returns to train and be a teammate to a rising star (Damson Idris) on the fictional APX GP team.

But it is pretty frustrating to see some of the uninitiated (I sound insanely pretentious here, but no way around it) to the racing world seemingly writing this off, simply because it’s about racing and cars going fast around a track. Nothing in motorsports is ever that simple; yes, a lot of racing films fail to get beyond that, but it’s important to take who’s working on this thing into consideration.

What’s great is that we can clearly discern quite a few tracks as the teaser flits through settings. Monza. Silverstone. Spa. We know there’s a lot of filming left to go, that Lewis Hamilton is a producer and that Jerry Bruckheimer, who gave us films like Maverick and Days of Thunder, is also producing.

That leads me to another comparison: Tony Scott, the director of the original Top Gun, as well as Days of Thunder (essentially dubbed Top Gun on wheels), True Romance, Crimson Tide and more. Many have compared Kosinski going from Maverick to F1 as a similar trajectory.

It’s also been implied that, just because it’s cars racing, a similar…

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