The cast of the Grand Touring movie will include some big names. Shortly after, it was announced that David Harbor (stranger things, Hellboy, Black Widow) had been cast in a major role in the video game adaptation, a new report (via THR) has just revealed that another actor who will play Orlando Bloom (the Lord of the Rings series, Pirates of the Caribbean series, Carnaval Row). Archie Madekwé (Midsummer, Travelers, See) also stars in a starring role.
The Grand Touring the film is based on a true story, taking a meta plot approach by following a huge fan of the Grand Touring video games. Described as the “ultimate wish-fulfillment tale”, it follows a teenage gamer (Madekwe) whose gaming skills had earned him a chance to compete in a series of Nissan competitions to become a proper professional racing driver. Harbor co-stars as a retired driver who serves as the teenager’s mentor while Bloom will play a “starving marketing executive who sells the sport of motor racing…and can also believe in his craft.” »
Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) is directing the film with a script by Jason Hall (American sniper) et Zach Baylin (Roi Richard). PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan are producing alongside Doug Belgrad and Dana Brunetti, while game creator Kazunori Yamauchi and Hall will serve as executive producers.
Orlando Bloom is well known for his role as Legolas in the the Lord of the Rings et Hobbit film series, and he’s just as revered for his run as Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbeann movies. He also appeared in movies like Black Hawk Down, Troy, The three Musketeerset the outpost. Bloom currently stars in the Prime Video series Carnaval Row.
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Perhaps it was the recent success of video game movies that got the Grand Touring film to finally turn its wheels. There have been efforts in the past to make a movie, at one point with Top Gun : Maverick director Joseph Kosinski attached, but the film never made it out of development hell. With a solid cast in place and a date on the board, it now looks good for the Grand Touring movie, especially with reports that we are a week away from production.
Grand Touring is slated for a theatrical release by Sony on August 11, 2023. Filming will begin this month in Europe.
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