Adam Driver is nearly unrecognizable in the first trailer for Michael Mann’s upcoming biopic “Ferrari,” where he suits up to play Italian sports car entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari. Driver stars alongside Penelope Cruz as Ferrari’s wife Laura Ferrari and Shailene Woodley as his mistress Lina Lardi. “Ferrari” will premiere at Venice Film Festival this year and is looking for a U.S. distributor.
Also starring in the film is Patrick Dempsey as fellow racecar driver Piero Taruffi, Jack O’Connell as racer Peter Collins, Sarah Gadon as Linda Christian and Gabriel Leone as driver Alfonso de Portago.
“Ferrari” is set in 1957, prior to the infamous Mille Miglia race during which de Portago’s Ferrari racecar blew a tire and he and nine spectators died in a crash. Ferrari himself and the tire manufacturer were charged with manslaughter, but the case was later dismissed.
Most of the film was shot in Brescia, Italy, where the real Mille Miglia race took place.
In an interview with Top Gear, producer Andrea Iervolino said of the film, “Adam Driver plays Enzo and he’s done an amazing job along with Penelope Cruz who plays Laura [Ferrari]. The way the movie has been shot is amazing. It takes place in the ’60s and ’70s, and when you see the car racing and the way it’s been shot, it looks like a James Bond movie.”
The “Ferrari” screenplay was adapted by Mann and the late Troy Kennedy-Martin from Brock Yate’s 1991 biography “Enzo Ferrari — The Man, The Cars, The Races, The Machine.”
Watch the trailer below.