Lewis Hamilton, a motor racing celebrity with 7 Formula 1 World Championship titles to his name, is also involved in film in his spare time. In the midst of production on his film, which will star Brad Pitt.
More details are emerging about a new Formula One movie starring Brad Pitt and Lewis Hamilton.
“I have such high hopes for it,” Hamilton said in October. “I know we’re going to make the best racing movie that’s ever existed, both visually, and we’re going to work on making sure we pull on the heartstrings of all those fans.”
Filming will begin at the British Grand Prix in July, with one report suggesting that Pitt will be driving an “11th team” car in the pre-race formation lap. However, a more recent report claims that Pitt will be alone on track between F1 sessions.
The film hasn’t been named yet, but we do know a little about how the story will unfold. According to IMDB, the film “follows a Formula 1 driver (Pitt) who comes out of retirement to mentor a younger driver.
An earlier version of the film was called “Go Like Hell”. But that was when Tom Cruise was attached to the project.
The British driver for Mercedes has also said that if Top Gun 3 comes to fruition and he gets a chance to appear in it, he will want to appear alongside Tom Cruise.
Hamilton was present at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week, where the seven-time Formula 1 world champion mentioned he was currently shooting the aforementioned film about Formula 1 with Brad Pitt as the main character. It seems the British driver is getting his feet wet in the film world, having announced that he wants to star in Tom Cruise’s forthcoming film Top Gun 3.
“Maybe we’ll go to Cannes with our film too”
Co-producer of his F1 film with Brad Pitt and directed by Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick), Lewis Hamilton spoke about the project in comments reported by nextgen-auto.com:
“We have an incredible cast. It’s such a privilege… because we weren’t racing anymore, we spent all day in London going over the script. Being able to sit down with Joe and Jerry, who are true legends, and then watch Brad work….
“I learn so much throughout the process and appreciate even more what it takes to create a film. I’m sure it’s going to keep growing as it goes along, it’s going to become something special.
“I went to Cannes on Tuesday and saw some of the greats like Leo [Di Caprio], who has just released his film. Who knows, maybe we’ll go to Cannes with our film too, once it’s out.”
“If Top Gun 3 is ever made, I’ll be in it, and I’ll miss a race because of it”
Lewis Hamilton wants to take things slowly and doesn’t want to act in his film, although he hasn’t ruled out making an appearance. However, when asked about the possibility of filming Top Gun 3 with Tom Cruise, the British driver let his hair down:
“I’m going to wait to make my real film debut, because I’m going to need to train and practise, because I don’t want to be rubbish. If Top Gun 3 ever gets made, I’ll be in it, and I’ll miss a race for it, just so you know. I’m not going to pass up that chance next time.”