It seems like we've been hearing about a movie covering Ford vs Ferrari at Le Mans in the 1960s for years, but now, it finally has a release date. Walt Disney Studios, following its recent acquisition of Fox's film business, would be released on November 15th this year.
Back in 2013, it was first revealed that Tom Cruise was tapped to play Carroll Shelby in a movie adaptation of . That didn't happen, and it wasn't until last year we learned that Logan director James Mangold was hired to helm the film. And while Fox did have the rights to Baime's book, that Go Like Hell would be adapted into a TV show, while the Ford v. Ferrari movie would get a new screenplay.
Ford v. Ferrari will star Christian Bale as Ken Miles, the Shelby test driver and racer who helped develop the Ford GT40 MkII, and Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby. It focuses on the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Henry Ford II, spurned by a failed takeover of Ferrari, exacts his revenge on the Italian company by beating them at Le Mans. With the GT40 MkII, Ford locked out all three steps of the podium, embarrassing Ferrari at a race it had come to dominate in previous years. Ferrari got its revenge at the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours, locking out the podium with a gorgeous trio of prototypes, but that's a story for a later date.
A trailer for the movie was shown at a film conference last month, and it seemed to be well received, reports Variety. And with a mid-November release date, it could be a major player during award season.