”Gran Turismo”, a film adaptation of one of the biggest and most popular driving simulator games, is set to be released on 21 August 2023, according to a recent announcement by Sony. The film, which is a collaboration between Sony and Playstation, will be shot in Budapest starting in late September.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp, the Columbia Pictures flick will feature a star-studded cast with the likes of David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Archie Madekwe and Darren Barnet.
The movie will be based on a true story and will star Jann Mardenborough, who grew from a Gran Turismo player to a real-life racing driver during the film. Mardenborough won the GT Academy competition back in 2011, when he was the best out of 90,000 entrants and was then given the opportunity to compete in the prestigious Dubai 24 Hours.
Harbour will play a retired driver who teaches the teen to drive. Bloom will assume the role of a hungry marketing executive who is selling the sport of motor racing, but may just believe in its art, too. Barnet is cast as a racer who is ranked at the top at the GT academy and who is not thrilled to see the upstart teen, played by Madekwe, excel.
“Gran Turismo” is a series of racing simulation games developed by Polyphony Digital. The games are intended to emulate the appearance and performance of a large selection of vehicles, most of which are licensed reproductions of real-world automobiles. Since the franchise’s debut in 1997, over 85 million units have been sold worldwide, making it the highest-selling video game franchise under the PlayStation brand.
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