Strap yourself in, because the first trailer for sports car biopic Ford v. Ferrari has arrived.
Christian Bale stars as Ken Miles, a British racing driver hired by automotive designer Carroll Shelby, played by Matt Damon, to get behind the wheel for Ford in 1966’s brutal 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
As the movie’s title suggests, their major rivals are the Italian Ferrari team, who are hot favorites to emerge victorious. Check out the trailer below for an introduction to the British-American underdogs.
Ford v. Ferrari (which is titled Le Mans ’66 in the U.K.) also stars Tracy Letts as Henry Ford II and Jon Bernthal as his fellow Ford executive Lee Iacocca. Italian actor Remo Girone (Live By Night) portrays Enzo Ferrari.
James Mangold (Logan, Walk the Line) directs from a screenplay co-written by brothers Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (The Edge of Tomorrow, Get on Up).
Even with its full-throttle racing scenes, Mangold has described Ford v. Ferrari as “a film about friendship, more than anything else.”
Speaking about the characters played by Bale and Damon, he told Empire: “The connection between these two men, one in the pit watching, the other driving, was one of deep admiration and love, but contaminated by the natural longing that Shelby must have felt to want to be in the car himself. But they were brothers, believing in each other, picking one up when the other is down.”
The movie is due to race into theaters November 15.
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