Carroll Shelby to Be Played by Matt Damon in Ford v Ferrari Film

The story of how the Ford GT40 (eventually) beat Ferrari at Le Mans is getting the Hollywood treatment and Variety reports that Matt Damon and Christian Bale count among its stars.

The film is reportedly focused on the effort of Shelby and test driver Ken Miles, who were handed the project after Ford’s first choice, John Wyer, failed to deliver a winning car.

Damon will play the Texas chicken farmer, while Bale will play Miles. Jon Bernthal (“The Punisher,” “The Walking Dead”), meanwhile has reportedly been approached to play Lee Iacocca and “Outlander”’s Caitriona Balfe will play Mile’s wife, Mollie.

And the good news doesn’t stop at the cast, either. With James Mangold (“Logan”) set to direct and a screenplay by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth—the unlikely named dynamic duo who wrote “Edge of Tomorrow”’s screenplay—set to write the screenplay, the movie looks really promising. Just don’t expect it to have a great name.

Variety also reports that the film has been dated for June 28, 2019 by Fox.

Watch Ford’s in era documentary on the race, “This Time Tomorrow” below:

[source: Variety]

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