Brad Pitt Straps In For Racing Film From ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Director

Brad Pitt is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and after winning an Oscar for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, he shines even brighter. And that has the studios fighting for anything Pitt will attach his name to, with the latest being a racing film from director Joseph Kosinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Top Gun), who only makes blockbusters.

THR reports that a bidding war has erupted over a racing drama that Pitt will star in and Kosinski will direct. The untitled film will have a script by Ehren Kruger, who just worked with Kosinski on Top Gun: Maverick.

Details on the film are unknown, but Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton is involved in some capacity. Perhaps as a consultant? Perhaps the story is based on an event in his life? We just don’t know, but this is shaping up to be huge. All of the major players are vying for this one; Paramount, MGM, Sony, Universal, Netflix, Apple, Amazon, and Disney. When was the last time you read about Disney in a bidding war with anybody? Doesn’t happen very often.

Coming up for Pitt is the action flick Bullet Train alongside Sandra Bullock and directed by David Leitch. He also recently signed on for a film from Spider-Man director Jon Watts that will see him paired with George Clooney. As you can imagine, the studios threw a lot of money at that one, too.

Travis Hopson
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