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Hollywood Takes On Iconic Racing Story in ‘Ford v Ferrari'

Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale are set to star in the film, titled Ford v Ferrari. The film, directed by James Mangold, is based on the true story of American car designer Carroll Shelby and British-born driver Ken Miles, who built a groundbreaking race car for Ford Motor Co.

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. recently launched the trailer of the film worldwide—something that is filled with speed, crashes, and attractive cars. The three-minute long trailer shows Shelby (Matt Damon) work with Miles (Christian Bale) to contend with the best racing gems of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

Jon Bernthal, playing the role of Former Ford Motor Co. executive Lee Iacocca, reaches out to Shelby to create the “greatest race car the world has ever seen” for Ford. The stakes were huge, and so were the egos. Ford v Ferrari shows how Ford recruits Shelby to design one of Ford’s iconic cars – the GT40 – to pull off one of racing’s greatest upsets.

The focus of Ron Howard on auto personalities follows his successful formula in 2013’s “Rush,” which recreated a Formula One title duel featuring Chris Hemsworth in the lead role. It seemed like a gust of fresh air after some disastrous racing movies released before it.

Ford v Ferrari is derived from A.J. Baime’s critically acclaimed book titled “Go Like Hell.” However, the film ultimately gets an original screenplay. Bale and Damon are already publicizing the film through appearances as honorary starters. Not to forget, they also initiated the Indy 500 Memorial Day weekend.

A little about the original personalities

Shelby, who passed away in 2012, made a mark for himself as an American automotive designer, racing driver, and businessman. He is known for Ford's post-World War II creations such as the Ford-powered Cobra sports car, Shelby Mustang, Dodge Viper, and of course, Le Mans-winning GT40.

Lee Iacocca was the general manager at Ford in the early 1960s and she is known to have been a constant support for Shelby during the Mustang program.

To get an insight into their lives, book your tickers for Ford v Ferrari, which is set to release on Nov. 15.


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