Wolverine star Hugh Jackman in talks to play Enzo Ferrari in a Michael Mann film
Late last year, the infamous rivalry between the Blue Oval and The Prancing Horse was retold once more in the movie 'Ford v Ferrari'. Starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, the movie focused on Ford's determination and grit to win against Ferrari during the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Now, another movie is set to hit theaters next year and it will mainly focus on the man behind The Prancing Horse facing tough and unpredictable times during the late 50s.
Hugh Jackman, known the world over as 'Wolverine' in the X-Men series of movies, is supposedly in talks to play the role of Enzo Ferrari in an upcoming movie. Tentatively titled as 'Enzo Ferrari', the film will be directed by Michael Mann, who served as en executive producer for Ford v Ferrari, and has such films under his belt like 'Heat', 'Ali', and 'Public Enemies'.
According to a report by Deadline.com, the story will supposedly take place in 1957. During that time, Enzo, as well as the company that bears his name, is going through a tumultuous time. The Ferrari brand was going broke, the marriage between Enzo and Laura was on the rocks after the death of their eldest son Alfredo 'Dino' Ferrari, and the young Piero Ferrari was struggling to find his place in the world.
In order to increase public recognition, as well as bring his brand from the brink, Enzo decided to join the infamous Mille Miglia road race. Based on the movie script, which will be based on Brock Yates' book 'Enzo Ferrari – The Man, the Cars, the Races, the Machine', the film will not only focus on the dangerous race that caught the attention of the Vatican but will also show Enzo's wife finding long-kept secrets that he had kept hidden.
“The real power of this piece is in the emotionally charged lives of these people in complex, extreme circumstances. In addition, there is the explosive power and lethal beauty of racing. It has a great drama at its core and that’s why Ferrari stayed with me,” said Mann.
The film, which has been in development for almost 20 years, is a passion for Mann as he is familiar with the Ferrari family. He plans to build a fleet of replica cars that were present at the time in order to make it as close to the real thing as possible. In addition, both he and Jackman have already supposedly read some of the important scenes in the script.
Principal photography for the upcoming film will reportedly start sometime in the middle of 2021. Should Hugh Jackman land the starring role, we're curious as to how the Australian actor will prepare for his role, as well as what he may look like in the film.
We tried editing Hugh Jackman's face on Enzo Ferrari during his young years to see what he may look like in the upcoming film. But until we see the official trailer soon, we can only imagine as to how the former X-Men star will pull off the role should Jackman actually star as the late Enzo.