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Gran Turismo Movie reveals Sneak Peek

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The upcoming Gran Turismo movie had a sneak peak preview during Sony’s keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show, with actors David Harbour and Orlando Bloom appearing in the video.

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During the International CES at Las Vegas, during a Sony keynote, we got to see more of the Gran Turismo movie adaptation. The film is releasing later this year and follows a PlayStation gamer chasing the opportunity of a lifetime to become a real racing driver.

The movie is stacked with acting talent including David Harbour of Stranger Things fame, Orlando Bloom from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls. District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is also at the helm of the movie.

The relatively unknown Archie Madekwe will take on the leading role. The role was previously thought to be based loosely on GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough. Though we now know the character played by Madekwe will infact be Mardenborough himself.

What Did We Learn?

As well as revealing Madekwe’s character to be Mardenborough, a few other character names were revealed. Harbour is playing the mentor to Mardenborough, a fictional retired racing driver named Jack Salter. Bloom’s character, Danny Moore, is a motorsport marketing executive.

The film’s principal photography took place at the Hungaroring where the Hungarian GP is held, and features in the video. Also within the preview video, car fans can spot the likes of the Nissan GT-R R35, a variety of GT3 racing cars and also what is unmistakably a PlayStation-branded Le Mans Prototype car.

The LMP2 looks to be racing around the Circuit de la Sarthe during the night. It may not be too much of a stretch to say that the climax of the film sees Mardenborough racing in the 24 hours of Le Mans. Something the actual Mardenborough did for the first time in 2013. He and fellow GT Academy winner Lucas Ordóñez achieved a podium finish in the LMP2 class.

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Mardenborough took a class podium finish in the 2013 24 hours of Le Mans only two years after winning GT Academy. Image credit: Nissan

When Can We See The Gran Turismo Movie?

Video game IPs adapted into movies don’t always work. The Tom Holland-led Uncharted movie was commercially successful, making over $400M on a $120M budget. Though it wasn’t well received critically with many fans of the Uncharted games feeling let down. The Gran Turismo movie is different though, as it’s not adapting the content of the games themselves.

With the sneak peak preview video, many fans have reason to believe this won’t suffer the same curse as most other video game movie adaptations. We will have to wait to see for ourselves when it releases worldwide theatrically on 11 August 2023.

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