We already knew that Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski's next project will be a film about Formula 1 starring Brad Pitt. Now, we know the project will follow Maverick with a similarly-ambitious focus on practical effects, including lead actor Brad Pitt actually driving an F1-style car.
Details about the project were shared at an event leading up to Sunday's Miami Grand Prix, which featured both Kosinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. F1 reporter Will Buxton relayed the details over Twitter, starting with the news that the film's actors will be shooting scenes from inside a custom F1-like car running at F1 events from Silverstone to the end of the 2023 season. The car has reportedly been designed by Mercedes, whose Formula 1 team already employs project producer and seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton.
The project itself mirrors Days of Thunder, a 1990 NASCAR movie starring Tom Cruise, directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Bruckheimer. That was the team behind the original Top Gun just four years earlier, making it a spiritual successor to the film. Now, the director of Top Gun: Maverick will work with Bruckheimer to build a spiritual successor in a separate world of racing. Buxton also reported that Cruise has volunteered to do some driving, if needed.
In other words, if you liked how real the Top Gun sequel's action felt, you should be excited about this project. The film has not been scheduled yet, but it stars Pitt and Snowfall's Damson Idris.
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