While fans eagerly await the release of the F1-themed movie starring Brad Pitt, recent developments in sponsorship agreements have added an unexpected twist to the film’s journey to the big screen.
According to a report by Independent, despite the fact that the actors’ strike has ended, the film’s sponsorship contreacts had to be amended, which could hamper the release of the production. Due to the modifications, previously recorded footage is no longer permitted to be used, the article notes.
However, speaking about the issue, an F1 spokesperson told Metro that the movie is still on trac for its 2025 scheduled timeframe, adding that all footage captured this year is relevant. Filming took place at a variety of locations this year, including the race tracks of Silverstone in the U.K., and Hungaroring in Hungary.
In the film, Pitt will play aged, retired racer Sonny Hayes – a former F1 driver who moves away from the series after suffering a huge crash during the 1990s. Years later, a struggling F1 team owner, played by Javier Bardem, asks Hayes to join APXGP as its second driver and mentor young phenom Joshua Pierce, played by Damson Idris. Kerry Condon is set to play the team’s Technical Director, overseeing the design and development of the sophisticated race car.
The Mercedes AMG Petronas team and seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton are also involved in the project. Hamilton himself is a producer of the film, directed by Joseph Kosinski. The F1-themed movie is expected to receive a wide theatrical release before coming to the Apple TV+ streaming service.
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