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    Watch: Brad Pitt’s High-Speed Movie Journey into Formula 1

    Brad Pitt is revving up for an exciting new venture. The Hollywood A-lister has taken the wheel in “F1,” a highly-anticipated racing film set to hit theatres in 2025.

    The film, co-produced by Formula 1 legend Lewis Hamilton and iconic Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer, has been in development for a while now. Pitt began shooting scenes at the British Grand Prix in 2023 and recently spent his Fourth of July at the Silverstone Circuit in Northampton, bringing authenticity to the high-octane project.

    In an exclusive interview with Sky Sport, Pitt shared insights into his character, Sonny Hayes—a former driver making a comeback to the Formula 1 circuit. Teaming up with Damson Idris, who plays his teammate on the fictional APXGP team, the duo promises to bring intense drama and action to the screen.

    Producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that the film will feature real-life F1 drivers and actual racing events, blending fiction with reality to thrill fans of the sport. “F1” is slated for an international debut on June 25, 2025, followed by a North American release on June 27, 2025. The star-studded cast includes Kerry Condon, Javier Bardem, Tobias Menzies, Sarah Niles, Kim Bodnia, and Samson Kayo, with Bardem playing the team principal.

    Directed Joseph Kosinski, known for his work on “Tron: Legacy” (2010), “Oblivion” (2013), “Only the Brave” (2017), and “Top Gun: Maverick” (2022), the film promises cutting-edge cinematography and heart-pounding sequences. Kosinski spoke to Deadline about the challenges of shooting the film, particularly the live-action driving scenes. “We’ve got Brad and Damson actually driving the cars, which is pretty spectacular in itself,” he said. “To do that in front of a live audience and at the speeds they’re doing it…the logistics are unlike anything I’ve done before.”

    Kosinski added that filming at actual Grand Prix events posed unique challenges, requiring the crew to shoot during tight windows between practice and qualifying sessions, amidst hundreds of thousands of spectators.

    Lewis Hamilton’s involvement has been crucial, providing invaluable expertise to ensure the film’s authenticity. “Lewis has been an incredible partner,” Kosinski noted. “He jumps on Zooms with me between races to go through the script, line by line, to make sure we’re getting all the details right. Beyond that, on a creative and story level, he also has input.”

    Despite rumours of a ballooning budget following the SAG-AFTRA strikes in 2023, Bruckheimer clarified the situation. “It’s tens of millions of dollars out of whack in the wrong direction, and in the right direction for us,” he told Deadline. Filming in rebate locations like England, various parts of Europe, and Abu Dhabi, coupled with significant sponsorship funding, has helped keep the budget manageable. While he didn’t disclose the exact budget, Bruckheimer hinted that it is lower than fans might expect, thanks to Apple’s financial backing.

    Watch the trailer below:

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