He’s regarded as one of the greatest visual storytellers of modern times, and now Michale Mann, the virtuoso filmmaker behind Heat, The Insider and Collateral is ready to bring the epic story of Enzo Ferrari’s pursuit of greatness on the track in Ferrari.
Watch the brand-new trailer below:
Here’s the official synopsis:
It is the summer of 1957. Behind the spectacle of Formula 1, ex-racer Enzo Ferrari (Adam Driver) is in crisis. Bankruptcy threatens the factory he and his wife, Laura (Penelope Cruz) built from nothing ten years earlier. Their volatile marriage has been battered by the loss of their son, Dino a year earlier. Ferrari struggles to acknowledge his son Piero with Lina Lardi (Shailene Woodley). Meanwhile, his drivers’ passion to win pushes them to the edge as they launch into the treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy, the Mille Miglia.
A long-time passion project for Mann, who has sequestered himself in Italu for the last few years while concentrating on bringing this epic to life, Ferrari has finally been realised for the big screen. And this first trailer looks magnificent! Heavy-hitting actors, including Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, both circled the role of the great Enzo Ferrari before Mann settled on Adam Driver, who has proven himself to be one of his generation’s most appealing performers and just like he’s prone to do Driver has lost himself in the presence, rhythm and obsession of ll Commendatore!
Early praise has signalled out Driver’s performance as Ferrari, but even more so has been directed to Penelope Cruz, and the performance she gives as his pained and traumatised wife! Reeling from a tragic loss, Cruz brings incredible drama and realism to the character of Laura Ferrari and, from all accounts, has turned in a powerhouse performance.
Mann is a filmmaker who is known for attaching himself to dramatic and taut stories of human fragility and those individuals who skirt the line between the edge and the abyss, and Ferrari is a perfect vehicle for the director’s attention. The cinematography of Academy Award winner Erik Messerschmidt (Mank, The Killer) looks sleek and crisp, and a felt of vintage racing cars will wet the appetite of any supercar fan. The speed also kicks in with this picture, and Mann captures all of it for the big screen and audiences will be guaranteed one hell of a rush with this picture!
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Brace yourself for the true story of one of racing’s greatest-ever figures when Ferrari arrives in cinemas on January 4, 2024.
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