Adam Driver leads cast of upcoming Enzo Ferrari movie

by Nik Berg
10 February 2022 2 min read
Adam Driver leads cast of upcoming Enzo Ferrari movie
Photo: Mondadori via Getty Images

In a wonderful example of nominative determinism, Adam Driver has been signed up to play Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann’s upcoming movie about the Italian legend’s early struggles.

According to Empire the film is based on Brock Yates‘ book Enzo Ferrari – The Man And The Machine, and will be set in 1957 when Enzo faces the loss of his son Dino, and impending bankruptcy. Ferrari bets all on winning the Mille Miglia and the movie will follow the progress of the scarlet cars during the 1000-mile race, the company, and the Ferrari family.

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Assuming the plot stays somewhat true to the real events that year, you may already be aware that Scuderia Ferrari had quite a successful run at the Mille Miglia in 1957. Ferrari secured all three podium positions with winner Piero Taruffi and Wolfgang von Trips in 315 S sports cars, and Olivier Gendebien in a Scaglietti-bodied 250 GT LWB.

Pierro Taruffi Mille Miglia 1957
Piero Taruffi at the 1957 Mille Miglia, which will be the centrepoint for Michael Mann’s upcoming film. Photo: Ferrari

Filming is said to commence in Italy in May with Penélope Cruz (playing Enzo’s wife, Laura Dominica Garello) and Shailene Woodley (cast as Enzo’s mistress, Lina Lardi) also joining the cast. It hasn’t yet been revealed who will play the Scuderia’s drivers.

Mann meanwhile is best known for flicks like 1992’s The Last of the Mohicans, 2004’s Collateral and 2009’s Public Enemies, so we know he can do both big action and dark plotlines. As Empire reports he had been in the running for Le Mans ’66 too – known as Ford v Ferrari in most other territories – so the director clearly has the desire to tell a good racing story. The script has been co-written with Troy Kennedy Martin, who was behind 2003’s retelling of The Italian Job.

“Being able to have these wonderfully talented artists, actors Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz and Shailene Woodley, bring to life these unique characters on location in Modena and the Emilia-Romagna is a vision fulfilled,” says Mann.

Via Hagerty US.

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  • Gerry Summerfield says:

    I have Brock Yates’ book and if the film stays true to that it should be great. However, being just very slightly cynical, is it a coincidence that the movie is to be set in the year that the Mille Miglia finally had the curtain drawn down on it because of Alfonso de Portago’s accident? The constant fear is, to quote Mark Twain, ” Never let the truth get in the way of a good story”. And, we’ve seen this before!

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