Tom Cruise has been linked with a big-screen adaptation of legendary Carroll Shelby’s tilt with Ferrari at Le Mans. Although there still has been no confirmation of production plans for the movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Brad Pitt is also now being linked with “Go Like Hell.”
While Cruise is tipped to play Shelby in the movie, it’s not yet known who the producers of the project have in mind for Pitt to play.
The movie, which is expected to be directed by Joseph Kosinski (who previously worked with Cruise in Oblivion) would be based on the 2009 book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans” by A.J. Baime, which relates the story of the grudge match at Le Mans in the 1960s between Ford and Ferrari, which followed Henry Ford II’s unsuccessful attempt to purchase the Italian marque and culminated in the 1966 24 Hours (pictured). Shelby was a key player on the Ford side in that fight, and was interviewed by Baime extensively for the book.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pitt had been connected with a previously planned iteration of the project in 2009, which would have been directed by Michael Mann. The star has remained interested in the project since then, the paper says
Actor Tom Cruise got his first taste of Formula 1 machinery in a secret test that took place with Red Bull in California last week.
In a behind closed doors session on August 15 at the Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, Cruise was given a day to learn all about the challenges of driving F1 machinery. The event was part of Red Bull Racing’s recent promotional trip to the United States.
Being overseen by Red Bull Racing ambassador David Coulthard, who also logged benchmark laps in the car and helped Cruise compare data between their runs, Cruise was reported to have reached speeds of 181mph around the 2.5-mile track and, over the 24 laps he completed, improved his best time by 11 seconds from the start to the end of the day.
Speaking about the event, Coulthard said: “Tom’s the real deal. I was surprised that he picked it up so quickly and is such an accomplished driver.
“His recall was incredible considering how complicated driving an F1 car is. He’s a guy who really pushes the envelope in real life. This day was not green screened. He thoroughly impressed me.”
I want to be rich and famous too!!! (And play in fast cars for free!!)