Sony has released a first trailer for the Gran Turismo movie, and reconfirming that the film will come to cinemas on 11th August 2023.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp (best known for his sci-fi action film District 9), and with a screenplay by Jason Hall and Zach Baylin, the Gran Turismo movie takes inspiration from the GT Academy programme that sought to take the fastest Gran TUrismo players and try to transfer their skills in the digital realm to the real world of motorsports.
In particular, this movie is based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough (portrayed by Archie Madekwe), who won the third running of the GT Academy competition in 2011. After winning the competition, Mardenborough was signed to Nissan’s racing programme, competing in GT4 and GT3 categories, taking part in three runnings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Super GT series in Japan, and more.
You can see plenty of racing the above sneak peak, with the film trying to capture the sound and thrill of driving all manner of high-powered racing cars. It looks like it will be going from the initial GT Academy competition through to more challenging and demanding races with LMP2 cars in the rain.
There’s a rather unusual cast surrounding this story, which includes Geri Halliwell-Horner (AKA Ginger Spice), Djimon Hounsou, Daniel Puig, Josha Stradowski and Thomas Kretschmann, with Hounsou playing Ginger’s husband. There’s also Stranger Things star David Harbour and Orlando Bloom, best known for his hit dance track ‘They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isengard‘.
Sony has being working on adapting a lot of its properties for movies and television. Uncharted, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg has been one of the biggest so far. Ratchet and Clank were also given the movie treatment and on the horizon are films and TV shows for The Last of Us (coming out via HBO later this month), Twisted Metal, Horizon Zero Dawn, Ghost of Tsushima and God of War.