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Orlando Bloom, Geri Halliwell to Star in GT Movie

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The journey of a gamer turned racer will be depicted on the silver screen in the form of next year’s Gran Turismo movie, and we now know all the main actors who will be involved!

Image credit: Sony Pictures

At the Hungaroring – home of the Hungarian Grand Prix – principal photography of the upcoming Gran Turismo movie has begun with a release date set for the middle of next year. The movie will be depicting what GT Academy has achieved by taking a gamer and turning them into a real life racing driver.

In an official tweet, Sony confirmed that the story would be based heavily around GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough. The Welshman who went from playing Gran Turismo on his sofa to competing in the likes of Le Mans where he got a class podium finish, winning a race in GP3 on the F1 undercard, and now being a simulator driver for Nissan in Formula E.

Who is Involved?

The lead actor is a relative unknown named Archie Madekwe, whose perhaps most known movie is the Florence Pugh movie Midsommar. His parents are portrayed by Djimon Hounsou – Korath The Pursuer in Marvel movies Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel – and Geri Halliwell, known the world over as being a member of the Spice Girls and a familiar face in the motorsport community, as Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner is married to her.

Also involved is David Harbour aka Hopper from Stranger Things, he is portraying a retired racing driver who is mentoring Madekwe’s character. Then there is Lord of The Rings’ Orlando Bloom as a marketing executive and Darren Barnet from Never Have I Ever, who is playing the role of a rival driver, listed on IMDb with the character name ‘Matty Davis’.

A spy shot of a helicopter with the Gran Turismo logo on it.
This image was taken from the Hungaroring depicting a helicopter with the Gran Turismo logo on the side performing low swoop manoeuvres. Image credit: fred_north on Instagram

Other actors involved in the movie include David Puig and Josha Stradowski. German actor Thomas Kretschmann will also be in the movie, having been in critically acclaimed movies like The Pianist and Der Untergang, but was also the voice of central antagonist of Cars 2, Professor Zündapp.

The movie is directed by District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp and is set to race to cinemas worldwide on 11 August 2023.

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