We get a glimpse at the principal players in the cast here, including David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) and Orlando Bloom (“The Lord of the Rings”). We also get a healthy dose of Archie Madekwe, who is playing our main character, Jann Mardenborough. It turns out, this is a real person who, though the game “Gran Turismo,” accomplished a pretty impressive dream. The logline for the film reads as follows:
Based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough, the film is the ultimate wish fulfillment tale of a teenage ‘Gran Turismo’ player whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional racecar driver.
The rest of the footage is focused on the intense racing visuals, with the cast hyping up the theatrical nature of it all, claiming we will actually feel the vibrations of the 200 mph racing in the seats. There are also some glimpses at how director Neill Blomkamp (“District 9”) managed to capture the intensity of the races. For a one minute preview, it’s encouraging. The fact that it’s not a straight-up adaptation and is, instead, a real-life story adds to the compelling nature of it all.
The cast also includes Darren Barnet (“Never Have I Ever”), Geri Halliwell Horner (“Crank: High Voltage”), and Djimon Hounsou (“Shazam!”). Jason Hall (“American Sniper”) and Zach Baylin (“King Richard”) penned the screenplay.
“Gran Turismo” is set to hit theaters on August 11, 2023.