‘Gran Turismo’: David Harbour To Get Behind The Wheel Of Neill Blomkamp’s Video Game Movie

With video game movies reaching new heights in quality, it’s no longer a punchline when a popular actor signs on for one. Case in point, Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming Gran Turismo movie, which has just landed Stranger Things and Black Widow star David Harbour.

THR reports that Harbour will get behind the wheel for Sony’s adaptation of the bestselling Gran Turismo video games. The racing sim franchise has sold millions of copies since debuting with the original Playstation in 1997.

While the hardcore racing action will be important, especially with a visual effects wiz like Blomkamp at the helm, there will be an actual story. Penned by Jason Hall (American Sniper) and Zach Baylin (King Richard), the film is based on the true story of a kid who was so good at the Gran Turismo video games that he won a competition to become a real professional racecar driver.

Harbour’s been in the news lately as he was just confirmed to reprise his Red Guardian role in Marvel’s Thunderbolts. If you count his brief run as Hellboy, Harbour is really throwing himself at all the blockbuster projects he can get. Can’t blame the guy.

Gran Turismo opens in theaters on August 11th, 2023

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.