After months of meetings, auditions, and even several days of test drives, Apple Studios, appear to have found their racer to direct their highly anticipated racing film set in the world of F1. Sources have told Deadline that Damson Idris has been tapped to co-star with Brad Pitt. Kosinski will co-direct his untitled feature film with Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman from seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton through his Dawn Apollo brand.
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The producers have been meeting with prospects for the role since November. Earlier in the year, the rosters were reduced to a handful of actors, with Idris making the final cut. In addition to a series of on-screen tests, the actors also had to prove they had the resources to handle the film’s intense driving scenes, and they underwent a series of driving tests in January.
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The untitled movie follows Brad Pitt as a retired racer who mentors a younger racer and as the younger driver’s teammate gives his final shot on the track. Apple got the package in one of the biggest deals of 2022.
Idris burst onto the scene with his critically acclaimed role in the FX series Snowfall. The show’s final season has just premiered and he’s been scrambling for the next big role as his schedule opens up. He was also recently seen on Amazon’s Swarm.