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Christian Bale & Matt Damon to star in a Ford Film

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The as-yet-untitled Ford v

s. Ferrari film, about the team of American engineers and designers that Henry Ford II pulled together to defeat dominant racecar company Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship, will open on June 28, 2019. Christian Bale and Matt Damon are set to star.

Ford vs. Ferrari is set to be directed by Mangold (Logan), who is also writing with screenwriters Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow, Get On Up). Chernin Entertainment (Red Sparrow) is producing.

A feature film telling the true story of Ford  and Ferrari’s  epic racing rivalry of the 1960’s has been in the works for a long time now.

But with Director James Mangold attached and a new round of casting negotiations, a Variety report signals the Green Flag for the yet-to-be-named movie is imminent.

The cast is said to include Matt Damon, Christian Bale, and Jon Bernthal.

This is a story that is tough to summarize, but if you do not know it, Ford tried to buy Ferrari in the 1960’s and the deal fell through at the last minute.

Henry Ford II was so angry that he got a team together lead by Carroll Shelby to beat Ferrari at its own game at the 24 Hours of LeMans endurance race.

The resulting car was the Ford GT40, and it went on to take the Top 3 positions in the 1966 LeMans World Championship race.

My long time friend Charles Agaipou was the the Ford Team’s crew chief.

The Big Q: Who will play Charlie?

It’s reported that the unnamed film will be directed by James Mangold with a script by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. It will be based on The Drive alumnus A.J. Baime’s 2010 book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans.

Here is some heritage footage from the race

The cast

Oscar winner Matt Damon will play the role of Carroll Shelby. Mr. Damon is an an odd choice to play Caroll Shelby as I see it, I knew Carroll, well we will see.

British driver Ken Miles will be played by Christian Bale. Ken was behind the wheel of the GT40

that finished 2nd at LeMans in Y 1966. He was instrumental in the development of the GT40 and other legends like the Shelby Cobra and Mustang GT350. Ken’s tragic death in the experimental Ford J-car at the Riverside International Raceway in Y 1966 at 47 anni resulted in mandatory steel roll cages at LeMans.

The newest possible casting is Jon Bernthal. Mr. Bernthal  is slated to play car industry legend Lee Iacocca, who both spearheaded the development of the Mustang and played a part in getting Ford’s racing A-Team together.

If IMDb declares that shooting for this movie will begin this Summer, possibly for a Y 2019 release.

Racing is coming to the movies and TV

A TV show about this subject is in the works with Peter Dinklage and Channing Tatum producing. Plus there are also multiple Enzo Ferrari biopics in development which will touch on the Ford rivalry.

Friends, these are certainly stories that deserves to be told, as Ferrari is now the world’s #1 automotive brand, and Ford really needs the Ink?

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