Sony Pictures has confirmed that filming for the Gran Turismo movie is underway, with a social media post revealing the crew is at the Hungaroring in Hungary.
The post, a rare joint Tweet from the Sony Pictures and Gran Turismo accounts (and marked with the hastily resurrected site’s “official” gray tick), shows the traditional movie clapperboard – used to sync sound and video – sporting a Badly colored GT logo, in front of a somewhat blurred background:
However, the image is not blurry enough to disguise what is happening. There’s a lineup of four Nissan GT-Rs – at least two of which are Nismo models – on a race track. The track in question is the Hungaroring in Hungary, which hosts the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix every year.
The circuit wordmark on the pit buildings is covered with a flag bearing the phrases “GT Racing Academy” (with the GT logo), and interestingly the cars are pointing in the wrong direction – facing the last bend but on the other side of the finish line.
Moreover, the Tweet finally confirms what we suspected his intrigue when it was officially announced: it will be based on the story of GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough.
Mardenborough is arguably the greatest achievement of the GT Academy program. After winning in 2011, he won races in British GT, GP3 and the Toyota Racing Series, as well as a podium in the LMP2 class at Le Mans.
After another race at Le Mans – in the ill-fated Nissan NISMO GT-R LMP1 car – he took on Super GT, in the GT300 and GT500 classes, and Super Formula. He is currently a simulator driver for the Nissan e.dams Formula E team.
Although the British driver is the inspiration for the story, which also focuses on a young player who wins a Nissan-sponsored competition and becomes a racing driver, it is likely a fictionalized account. This means that the main character, played by Archie Madekwe (See), probably won’t be Mardenborough himself but will be based on him.
Other cast members already confirmed for the film include Djimon Hounsou (Shazam!) and Geri Halliwell (Crank 2) as the character’s parents, David Harbor (stranger things) as his racing mentor, Orlando Bloom (the Lord of the Rings) as a marketing manager, and Darren Barnet (I have never) as a rival pilot.
The clapperboard also confirms award-winning cameraman Jacques Jouffret (Deep water horizon), who serves as cinematographer. Aerial photographer Fred North (Fast and Furious 9) also shared images of his helicopter – with the silver Gran Turismo logo – performing low-flying flights around the circuit on his Instagram.
Neil Blomkamp (District 9) is directing the film, based on a screenplay by Jason Hall (American sniper). The Gran Turismo movie is set to be released on August 11, 2023.
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