Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom has joined the Gran Turismo movie, along with Never Have I Ever star Darren Barnet.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 45-year-old actor has joined Gran Turismo – the upcoming video game adaptation by director Neill Blomkamp. Bloom will reportedly play a “hungry” marketing executive who is selling the sport of motor racing… “and just may believe in its art, too.”
Additionally, Never Have I Ever star Darren Barnet has joined the cast as competition for the young racer, as a driver who is “ranked at the top at the GT academy, who is not thrilled to see the upstart teen excel.”
According to the latest report, Gran Turismo will begin filming this week in Hungary.
The Gran Turismo film is based on a true story that sees a teenage Gran Turismo player step up to become a real professional race car driver after winning a series of competitions. It seems to be based on the story of Jann Mardenborough – a British driver who began competing in events such as the F3 European Championship after winning the GT Academy reality show at 19 years old.
The teen driver will be played by Archie Madekwe. David Harbour is on board as a former driver who teaches the upcoming teen everything he knows.
The latest Gran Turismo game was released earlier this year. IGN’s Gran Turismo 7 review gave it 9/10 and said: “On the eve of the series’ 25th birthday, Gran Turismo 7 is more than just a celebration of cars this time around; in some ways, it’s also a celebration of itself… It’s the best the series has been since its dominant PlayStation 2 era.”
The Gran Turismo move has been written by Jason Hall and Zach Baylin. It's due to hit theaters on August 11, 2023.
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Source: IGN.com Orlando Bloom Joins Gran Turismo Movie, Production Begins This Week