The first poster for Christian Bale and Matt Damon’s Ford v. Ferrari has been revealed ahead of Sunday’s trailer premiere. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were originally attached to star in 20th Century Fox’s take on the racing rivalry between motor companies Ford and Ferrari, but the project never made it to the starting line. Logan and Walk the Line director James Mangold eventually arrived to get behind the driver's seat of the film, and Bale and Damon quickly hopped aboard to provide star power.
Set during the 1960s, the film stars Bale as Ken Miles, a British race car driver and engineer who teams with Damon’s American designer Carroll Shelby to build from scratch a car for Ford that can hope to compete with the dominant Ferrari team at the world renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. The film’s cast also includes Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas and Noah Jupe. The movie is one of many projects that are still scheduled for release after Fox’s slate of films passed over to Disney following the big deal between the two media companies.
With the first trailer for Ford v. Ferrari set to drop on Sunday during the NBA Finals Game 2 on ABC, Fox unveils the first poster for the historical drama from James Mangold (via Collider). See the poster below:
The sleek poster art for Ford v. Ferrari certainly conveys the sense of a prestige production, and indeed with Mangold in the director’s chair and Bale and Damon in the cast, the film seems like it should be a big player during awards time. The $100 million drama includes some heavy hitting talent all the way down the line, with Oscar nominees Phedon Papamichael and Michael McCusker serving as cinematographer and editor respectively, and the Oscar nominated Marco Beltrami doing the score. That trio has in fact worked many times with Mangold, including on the 2016 superhero drama Logan, which itself scored the first ever major Oscar nomination for a comic book movie.
Though Ford v. Ferrari is now technically under the Disney banner, the film certainly has much more of a Fox feel, with its decidedly grown-up subject matter. Though very little is known about the movie right now, it certainly has a promising cast and creative team and the subject matter sounds like the stuff of potentially gripping cinematic drama. And indeed, once the trailer arrives on Sunday, everyone should have a much better idea of what Mangold and company have engineered.
- Ford v. Ferrari (2019) release date: Nov 15, 2019