Lewis Hamilton ‘picks Brad Pitt’s co-star for F1 movie’ in major update after actors put through gruelling auditions
LEWIS HAMILTON has selected Brad Pitt’s co-star for his upcoming Formula One movie, according to reports.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton has been working on an as-yet-untitled F1 movie.
According to Deadline, prospective actors have been put through a gruelling selection process.
This has included auditioning and several days of driving tests.
And now Hamilton – who is acting as a producer – and filmmakers Jerry Bruckheimer and Joe Kosinski have reportedly made their selection.
Damson Idris is the person who reportedly has been picked to star alongside Pitt.
The 31-year-old played the co-lead in Netflix’s sci-fi action film Outside the Wire and currently stars in crime drama Snowfall.
The British-Nigerian actor, who was born in Peckham, South London, has also starred in Black Mirror and Casualty.
On the film selection process, Hamilton told Autosport: “We’re going through a process right now of selecting the character that will be alongside Brad, which is exciting,
“Basically that’s the process of watching [the auditions]. We have recordings of them doing certain scenes and we got through it.
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“I’ve sat in the office with Jerry, Joe and Brad and we’ve been watching them and kind of given our inputs and what we think.”
Hamilton, an outspoken advocate for diversity and inclusion, said he felt a “responsibility” to make his cast diverse.
He added: “I want to make the movie, in terms of like having diversity and representation, I want it to be as Formula 1 should be in the future – or should be now, but will be in the future.
“I want to see female mechanics. We would love to see a female driver. We haven’t gotten to that point just yet. But why not?”
“Right now, we’ve still got the script. We’ve gone through quite a few different iterations of it.
“We’re still waiting for a new rewrite, and that’s the whole process. But I was doing that throughout Christmas.
“It’s exciting. I’m excited to get the next end of the script. I was talking to Brad last night about the characters that we have coming.”
Hamilton launched his entertainment company, Dawn Apollo Films, in October last year.
Apple have already thrown their support behind the venture.
Following the move, Hamilton told Deadline: “I’ve always been into movies. I watch a lot. I find it a real escape. There are a lot of movies I find inspiring…
“The goal is to make impactful stories and ultimately to inspire people through movies and storytelling.
“A big part of the new company will be about social impact, community and causes.”