The cast has been rounded out for the latest Playstation Productions project – Gran Turismo – which will be with us in little more than a year.
It was revealed back in May that PlayStation Productions had put another of its video game titles into development as a live action film. Gran Turismo, the long-running driving simulator will be getting the big screen adaptation treatment, with District 9‘s Neill Blomkamp directing. Given that the project is based on a video game with almost no story of which to speak, and the fact that Sony has seemingly put the project together very, very quickly, this surely represents PlayStation Productions’ biggest roll of the dice yet.
Archie Madekwe, who had small parts in Midsommar and Voyagers, will take the lead role in a wish fulfilment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player who ‘won a series of Nissan competitions before becoming an actual professional race car driver.’
Orlando Bloom has also joined the cast as has Stranger Things’ David Harbour who will play a retired driver who mentors the young hero. It has also been announced that Darren Barnet, one of the stars of the popular Netflix series Never Have I Ever, has also signed up and will play a young rival racer to Madekwe’s character.
Gran Turismo is set to be directed by Blomkamp and we can see how the filmmaker’s style could be an excellent fit for a full-blooded driving movie. The games are all about speed and the pace with which this one is coming together is certainly nothing less than full throttle.
Shooting is set to begin this week in Hungary with the film set to release in October of 2023. We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it.
The Hollywood Reporter
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