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06/21 2018

MATT DAMON WILL PLAY CARROLL SHELBY IN AN UPCOMING MOVIE ON FORD’S BATTLE AGAINST FERRARI

 

Matt Damon will star in a biopic that covers Ford’s battle against Ferrari at Le Mans.

Christian Bale and Jon Bernthal will also star in the upcoming untitled film

BY:  WESLEY WREN

Ford’s classic battle against Ferrari will finally get the major motion picture treatment with Matt Damon positioned to play Carroll Shelby. Some might remember rumblings of this movie getting made in 2013 with Tom Cruise taking Shelby’s spot, but movie making sometimes isn’t exactly a seamless process.

“Logan” director James Mangold is currently tapped to direct the currently untitled Ford versus Ferrari biopic. Mangold isn’t the only superhero star to cross over to reality — Christian Bale, of “Batman” fame, and Jon Bernthal from “The Punisher” TV series will also be involved. Bale will play racer and GT40 test driver Ken Miles, with Bernthal playing Lee Iacocca.

The screenplay was originally based on A.J. Baime’s book “Go Like Hell,” but, like the movie’s stars, that has changed. Now, the screenplay will be penned by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, with different source material. According to Variety, Baime’s book will still see life as a TV series.

We’re curious how this will pan out — it seems to be full of A-List talent and in capable hands. Until it hits theaters, you can brush up on your Ford and Ferrari history by reading Baime’s book, or by watching “The 24 Hour War.