Lewis Hamilton to Project Formula 1 Future Through Movie With Brad Pitt

Lewis Hamilton to Project Formula 1 Future Through Movie With Brad Pitt

Ero Samson
May 31, 2023 at 10:07 AM
  • Lewis Hamilton is producing a Formula 1-inspired movie
  • The movie will feature superstar, Brad Pitt
  • Hamilton has played a leading role in increasing diversity within Formula 1

Seven-time Formula 1 champion, Lewis Hamilton has decided to try his hands away from the steering wheel.

Hamilton says that he is ensuring his upcoming Formula 1-inspired movie will be diverse and make the sport look the way it's supposed to in the future.

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Hamilton has played a leading role to increase diversity within Formula 1. Image: Mario Renzi.
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The British driver is a producer on the project, which has attracted a star-studded ensemble that includes Brad Pitt as the lead actor.

Hamilton became F1's first black driver when he entered the sport in 2007, and has played a leading role in attempting to make the sport more diverse.

The Hamilton Commission, established by the 38-year-old in 2020 in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Engineering, released a report in 2021 with recommendations relating to "shifting change within motorsport".

Speaking to Skysports ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend about whether he was planning to feature in the movie, Hamilton said:

"No, not really, I don't really have any desire to be in front of the camera, but there may be an element in it where maybe I'll slot in and play a small cameo, but at the moment that's not the plan.
"I'm more enjoying the part in the background, making sure that I'm really talking to Joe about who we're hiring, making sure that it's diverse, making sure that the sport looks how it's supposed to look in the future, in terms of being more accessible."

Hamilton revealed that he is playing an active role in the casting, following recent reports that British actor, Damson Idris, and Irish actor, Kerry Condon have now been added to the cast.

"Recruitment is going great, and I get to see all of those videos come through of people auditioning for the roles.
"And I get to be part of the decision-making of who we choose, who we like and who is most suited or not."

Hamilton said that the recent cancellation of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix because of flooding in northern Italy afforded him the opportunity to spend a Saturday in London going through the script with director Joseph Kosinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and Pitt.

Brad Pitt to race in F1

According to PlanetF1, plans are in place for Pitt to take to the track during the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone in July as part of filming, while the F1 paddock is expected to be used for further shooting of scenes at various races during the second half of the season.

Hamilton continued: "We have an amazing cast. It's such a privilege because we weren't racing, we spent the whole day going through the script in London.

"Just to be able to sit there with Joe and Jerry, who are such legends, and then sit there and watch Brad work - I'm learning so much through the process and have even more of an appreciation of what it takes to create a movie.
"I'm sure that will continue to grow as I see this thing slowly grow and build into something special."

Hamilton supports Real Madrid’s Vinicius

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Hamilton threw his support behind Vinicius following the racist abuse he received in the game against Valencia.

The Brazilian star spoke out on social media after being racially abused in the La Liga fixture at the Mestalla Stadium.

Hamilton knows what Vinicius is going through, as he was also the victim of racial abuse during his motorsport career.

The 38-year-old said that Vinicius’ situation evoked memories of the abuse he suffered on his way to becoming F1’s first black driver, per Reuters.

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