‘Gran Turismo’ Trailer: Neill Blomkamp Directs True Story Of A Gamer-Turned-Racer

It used to be that kids dreamed of a day when they could make money from playing video games. Well, those days are basically here, whether through tournaments or through streaming. But the story of Jann Mardenborough is different. He was so good at the Sony Playstation Gran Turismo racing games that he actually became an actual racer, getting paid to get behind the wheel.

Mardenborough’s story comes to life in the new Gran Turismo movie, directed by District 9 and Elysium filmmaker Neill Blomkamp. The film stars David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Djimon Hounsou, Darren Barnet, Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell, and Archie Madekwe as Jann Mardenborough.

Here’s the synopsis: Gran Turismo is based on the unbelievable true story of a team of unlikely underdogs – a struggling working-class gamer, a failed former racecar driver, and an idealistic motorsport executive. Together, they risk it all to take on the most elite sport in the world. Gran Turismo is an inspiring, thrilling, and action-packed story that proves that nothing is impossible when you’re fueled from within.

Gran Turismo races into theaters on August 11th.

Travis Hopson
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.