Adam Driver showcases his talent in Michael Mann’s newest historical drama, “Ferrari,” portraying the life of the iconic Formula 1 racer and car magnate, Enzo Ferrari. The film is set to make its debut at the Venice International Film Festival before its widespread theater release on December 25.
The story takes place in 1957 and delves deep into Ferrari’s personal and professional challenges. From the potential bankruptcy of the brand he and his wife Laura established a decade prior, to the emotional turmoil following the death of their son, Dino. The narrative also touches on Ferrari’s complicated relationship with his other son, Piero, and his romantic involvement with Lina Lardi. The backdrop to this intricate storyline is the adrenaline-fueled Mille Miglia race, a treacherous 1,000-mile journey across Italy.
The recently released trailer sets a suspenseful tone, highlighting tense moments between Ferrari, portrayed by Driver, his wife Laura (played by Penelope Cruz), and mistress Lina (Shailene Woodley). As the anticipation for the race builds up, so does the tension in Ferrari’s personal life, culminating in an explosive climax hinted at in the trailer. The cast is further enriched with Gabriel Leone playing Ferrari driver Alfonso de Portago, Patrick Dempsey as Piero Taruffi, Jack O’Connell as Peter Collins, and Sarah Gadon as Linda Christian.
The movie “Ferrari” has managed to bypass the ongoing actors’ strike due to an Interim Agreement from SAG-AFTRA, ensuring Adam Driver’s presence at the Venice premiere. Michael Mann, in a conversation with Variety, emphasized the film’s unique nature, suggesting it doesn’t align with typical studio productions. Instead, he championed its independent spirit, aligning perfectly with its distributor, Neon.