For the most part, Aussie acting dynamo and arguably the most shredded man alive, Hugh Jackman is best known for his work in the superhero arena. For close to 20 years, Jackman has led the X-Men franchise to box office supremacy, collecting awards and praise for his portrayal of the brooding, invincible Wolverine. But aside from his success in the action arena, Jackman has been pumping out incredible performances in smaller dramas and films that have, somewhat surprisingly, quietly flown under the radar. His latest project, however, promises to make some serious noise. Jackman is in talks to play automotive icon Enzo Ferrari in a biopic from four-time Academy-Award nominated director Michael Mann.
According to Deadline, the Aussie actor has been in discussions to play the lead in the upcoming biopic, which is based on the Brock Yates’ book Enzo Ferrari – The Man And The Machine. The story revolves around the Summer of 1957, when Ferrari’s company and marriage to wife Laura were on the brink of collapse. The automotive entrepreneur rolled the dice on one big race; a 1,000-mile trek across Italy now known as the 1957 Mille Miglia.
As the film continues on, Laura discovers long-kept secrets, drivers are pushed to the edge and relationships are tested with Ferrari’s incredible rise charted in raw, emotional fashion. “The real power of this piece is in the emotionally charged lives of these people in complex, extreme circumstances. In addition, there is the explosive power and lethal beauty of racing. It has a great drama at its core and that’s why Ferrari stayed with me,” Mann reportedly told Deadline.
While Jackman might seem like an odd choice for the role, his recent run of form is more than impressive and he does bear some resemblance to the Italian icon. Whether he’ll be able to capture Ferrari’s unique diction, only time will tell.