The biographical film stars Matt Damon as automotive icon and visionary Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as British driver Ken Miles. After receiving a commission from Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca to build from scratch a vehicle that could take down Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans Race in France, Shelby gathers together a team of American engineers and designers.
The story is riddled with challenges and setbacks—fitting, since the film went through many challenges as well. Initially the film had Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt attached, with an original screenplay by Jason Keller. The script was based on A.J. Baime’s critically acclaimed Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans. That project was ultimately dropped, but the idea popped up again when James Mangold was brought on as the director.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is producing the film under the 20th Century Fox banner.
Despite all these challenges, the film is ready for a November release, and judging from the trailer, should have a broad appeal.
Not only will automotive and racing fans find something to enjoy, but the acting also looks intense and well done, with a strong plot to drive a compelling story.