The Wolverine saga is complete and Hugh Jackman is in talks to play the role of Enzo Ferrari in the upcoming Michael Mann-directed biopic.
Hugh Jackman is now being considered for the lead role in the upcoming Enzo Ferrari biopic to be directed by Michael Mann. Deadline reports that the Australian actor is in talks to play the role of the automotive magnate in a movie which will chronicle his personal and professional lives. Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) is set to play the role of his estranged wife, Linda.
The idea to film this Ferrari biopic had been in the works for a long period of time – 17 years to be exact – with Michael Mann and Sydney Pollack attached to it. Christian Bale (The Dark Knight trilogy) was once in talks to work in this project, but opted out because of weight gain concerns. We did see a chubby Bale in 2013’s American Hustle and the British actor isn’t usually one who pushes away roles because of weight gain/loss reasons.
Cutting a long story short, Christian Bale’s loss turned out to be Hugh Jackman’s gain, quite literally. Coming off the rave reviews for his performance in Logan and with a talented leading lady like Noomi Rapace to shoulder the movie, the still-unnamed Enzo Ferrari biopic has the scope to be a memorable addition to Jackman’s rich filmography.
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After 2013’s Rush, here’s a movie with the scope for some serious Formula One race track action. Hugh Jackman may have to watch it all from the pits though.
With the story set in 1957, which was the period of time when Ferrari and Maserati engaged in a heated battle for supremacy on the Formula One track. While they may not be as extensive and relevant to the plotline as they were for Ron Howard’s 2013 biopic Rush, racing scenes will be a part of the Ferrari biographical movie. It would be obligatory to have some of those race sequences thrown into the story arc to get the viewers to the edge of their seats.
Director Michael Mann is in dire need of a critical and commercial success. His last box office entry was 2015’s Chris Hemsworth-starrer Blackhat, which was a complete dud and Mann could really use a movie which will get him back to the podium after his recent misfires.