Brad Pitt, the Hollywood A-lister, swapped the red carpet for the race track. He’s gearing up for a role in an upcoming movie set in the adrenaline-fueled world of Formula One racing. Directed by Joseph Kosinski of “Top Gun: Maverick” fame, the film sees Pitt’s character, a retired F1 racer, returning to the track to help a struggling team. Pitt even suited up and hit the grid at the British Grand Prix in July 2023.
Brad Pitt’s F1 Debut: A Hollywood Star on the Fast Track
1. From Silver Screen to Silverstone
In a first for Hollywood, Brad Pitt swapped the movie set for the race track. He drove a Formula One car at the 2023 British Grand Prix at the iconic Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, England. This was all part of the action for his upcoming F1 racing movie, directed by Joseph Kosinski and co-produced by seven-time world champion and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. Pitt even lined up on the grid with professional drivers.
Brad Pitt’s Character: A Comeback Story on the Fast Lane
2. The Return of the Racing Prodigy
In the upcoming F1 movie, Brad Pitt portrays a retired racer from the ’90s who had a career-ending crash. His character is coaxed back into F1 by a team owner, played by Javier Bardem. It’s a last-ditch effort to help a young phenom, played by Damson Idris, and the retired racer’s old team, who are languishing at the bottom of the leaderboard. Pitt and Idris were seen in racing suits on the grid at the Northamptonshire circuit, representing the fictional APXGP team.
F1 All Around: A Season of High-Speed Filming
3. Lights, Camera, Action… and F1
The film is made with F1, providing special access to racetracks and drivers. Filming for the movie is expected to continue throughout the F1 season, ensuring that the movie is as close to the real thing as possible.
We cross-checked our trivia facts about Brad Pitt’s F1 movie with some of the world’s leading news outlets.
- BBC News: Brad Pitt films at Silverstone during F1 British GP weekend
- ESPN: Brad Pitt joins F1 drivers on the grid for the anthem at British GP
- Vanity Fair: Brad Pitt Hits The British Grand Prix Racetrack
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