The official trailer for Michael Mann’s Ferrari takes us deep into the heart of Adam Driver‘s Enzo Ferrari as he struggles to navigate personal and professional challenges. Based on Brock Yates’ literary masterpiece, Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Races, The Machine, this hotly anticipated biopic features Adam Driver in the lead role as Enzo Ferrari during a time when he “is in crisis.”
The movie chronicles Ferrari’s journey through the tumultuous 1950s, from the brink of bankruptcy to intense rivalries and eventual global acclaim. Amidst this backdrop, Enzo Ferrari and his wife Laura, portrayed by Penélope Cruz, grapple with the profound grief of losing their son, while Ferrari’s team of drivers gears up to confront the treacherous Mille Miglia, a demanding cross-country race that stretches across Italy.
The official trailer for Mann’s Ferrari is a high-octane showcase of racing and drama, characterised by Mann’s signature dynamic camera techniques. It opens in a similar manner as the first teaser, as a car races through the picturesque Italian countryside. We hear Adam Driver’s Enzo Ferrari, calmly explaining, “Two objects cannot occupy the same point in space at the same moment in time.” With a relaxed yet foreboding tone, Ferrari hints at the potential collision of two racing cars, all the while raising the introspective question, “The corner races at you. You have perhaps a crisis of identity – am I a sportsman or a competitor?”
We then get a peek into Ferrari’s relentless pursuit of pushing his new cars to their absolute limits, resulting in occasional explosive and life-threatening crashes. Just moments before the harsh reality of his impending bankruptcy is revealed, Ferrari declares, “If you get into one of my cars, you get in to win.” The pivotal 1957 Mille Miglia marked a make-or-break moment for Ferrari.
The company was haemorrhaging money, and only a win at the world’s most prestigious track race could redeem its reputation. As one character informs Driver’s character, “Enzo you’re going broke,” exposing his financial struggle as he was spending more than he was earning, and the only way to save his own and the company’s reputation was to “win the Mille Miglia.”
The pressure on Ferrari and his drivers was immense, as depicted in the trailer. Ferrari himself articulates, “This is a gun pointed at our head.” Names like Piero Taruffi, Wolfgang von Trips, Olivier Gendebien, Jacques Washer, Alfonso de Portago, and the rest of the Scuderia drivers were under the spotlight, compelled to prove their mettle as true competitors.
At the same time, Ferrari was grappling with his personal life, trying to balance the world he’d built with his wife and business partner, Laura, while coping with the loss of their son, Dino, and managing his other family with his mistress, Lina Lardi (played by Shailene Woodley), and their son, Piero.
Besides directing, Mann takes on the role of producer alongside a dedicated team including P.J. van Sandwijk, Marie Savare, John Lesher, Thomas Hayslip, John Friedberg, Laura Rister, Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Gareth West, Lars Sylvest, and Thorsten Schumacher.
Adam Driver takes on the lead role as Enzo Ferrari, and is joined by Penelope Cruz, Laura Ferrari, and Shailene Woodley. The film also features an ensemble cast, with 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 zooms into theatres sometime this Christmas.
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