It’s been more than 50 years since the historic 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans when the Ford GT40 stole the victory, marking the first Le Mans win for an American car company. As you can probably guess, the background leading up to the iconic Grand Prix as well as the race itself makes for a fascinating story, and after all this time, it will finally be getting the Hollywood treatment.
The most recent news regarding the project is that James Mangold (who, according to IMDB, has directed such films as Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, and Logan) has signed on as director, while some other A-listers who you probably recognize may nab top billing.
Based on a true story, the film follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship. The project doesn’t have a formal title, but is known internally as the “Untitled Ford vs. Ferrari Project.”
A Fox spokesperson confirmed Mangold’s attachment, but declined to discuss any possible casting. However, sources say that the director is interested in Christian Bale for the role of Ken Miles and Matt Damon for Caroll Shelby.
Not to be confused with the 1971 racing movie Le Mans starring Steve McQueen of Bullitt fame as fictional Porsche driver Michael Delaney, this true-story film has been several years in the making, with Tom Cruise having originally been tapped to star.
With a director finally on board, the movie is expected to open at the box office in Summer 2019.