A lengthy PlayStation series is being adapted for the big screen. That’s right, folks, the wildly popular Gran Turismo video game series, which made its debut on the original platform all the way back in 1997, is being adapted into a film… and David Harbour from Stranger Things will play the lead role.
Of fact, there are no repeating stories or characters in the incredibly popular gaming franchise. However, the film, which is being directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9), will also dramatize the genuine account of Jann Mardenborough, a young Gran Turismo player who develops his gaming abilities in order to triumphs in several Nissan competitions and turn into a real racing car driver.
And now Sony has released a first look at Gran Turismo for fans, along with some behind-the-scenes interviews with some of the cast members, including Orlando Bloom and David Harbour from Stranger Things.
With pictures of the intense races in the movie and footage from the genuine Gran Turismo video game, the tape demonstrates the extent the producers went to in order to replicate the appearance of the games with real-life racing cars.
The movie will have “badass, race car action that you’re going to feel like you’re in the middle of,” according to Harbour, who plays a former racing driver who coaches Mardenborough. “This movie is meant for the cinema,” says actor Bloom, who plays motorsport marketing executive Danny Moore. Every shock and excitement of this 200-mile racing will be felt by the viewers.
Gran Turismo is the most recent in a long line of video game adaptations that Sony has planned; movies for Horizon, Twisted Metal, and God of War are also forthcoming. Sony also launched an uncharted franchise-based movie early in 2022, and it outperformed expectations at the box office.
Gran Turismo Will Hit Theatres Soon
There won’t be much longer to wait as the eagerly anticipated movie will hit theatres on August 11,2023. In September 2022, Europe saw the start of Gran Turismo filming
Who Will Play the Lead Roles ?
In addition to Harbour and Bloom, Archie Madekwe (of the Apple TV+ drama See) will play the contestant who ends up becoming a real racing car driver. Djimon Hounsou, Darren Barnet, and Geri Halliwell Horner—yes, the real Ginger Space—complete the cast of the film. The script is being written in the background by screenwriters Jason Hall (American Sniper) and Zach Baylin (King Richard).
The Story line
The official synopsis of the movie’s premise states that it is “based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough and is the ultimate wish fulfilment story of a teenage Gran Turismo player who won a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional race car driver.”
We’ll have to wait for further information on Gran Turismo star Madekwe’s teasers of “drama” and “a love tale” in the film in Sony’s exclusive sneak preview, though. If Harbour’s prior remarks about the movie are any indication, we’re in for a crazy journey.
The actress hinted at a “visceral” version of the video game franchise in a 2022 interview with Collider. It has truly been a joy to work on this movie since Neill is so wonderful and such a great director, he remarked.
Further, he said: “Talk about “not what you expect”; under his direction, this movie and this video game universe have a cool visceral quality. You need to see this movie, I can’t wait.”