Neon has dropped a new trailer for director Michael Mann’s highly-anticipated feature, “Ferrari” which stars a nearly unrecognizable Adam Driver suits up to play Italian sports car tycoon Enzo Ferrari
Besides Driver, the film also stars Penelope Cruz as Ferrari’s wife Laura Ferrari and Shailene Woodley as his mistress Lina Lardi, 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 race car 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.
As the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes rage on, Mann is proud that his film has no ties to the major studios. The director told Variety, “The origins of the movie and the content of the screenplay and the movie that you saw do not fit into the kind of film that would be embraced by the conventional studio system. It’s truly appropriate that it is an independent film being distributed by Neon, a very independent distributor.”
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.”
This also isn’t the first time fans have seen Driver in the world of racing, as the actor recently appeared at the Indy 500 in May, and also appeared in 2017’s crime comedy “Logan Lucky,” which was set in and around the Coca-Cola 600.
Mann directs the film from a script he co-wrote with the late Troy Kennedy Martin, and produces alongside P.J. van Sandwijk, Niels Juul, Qi Lin, John Lesher, Lars Sylvest, Monika Bacardi, Thorsten Schumacher, Andrea Iervolino, Gareth West, and Thomas Hayslip.
Most of the film was shot in Brescia, Italy, where the real Mille Miglia race took place. “Ferrari” will premiere at the Venice Film Festival this year.