Hugh Jackman is in talks to portray Enzo Ferrari in a film which will focus on the Italian company’s turbulent year in 1957.
The film will be directed by Michael Mann, who also directed Ali, and is currently set to start filming next spring.
According to Formula1.com, Hugh Jackman is being considered to play the lead role. If the Australian does end up starring in it, he’ll be the first non-Italian actor to play Mr Ferrari in a major motion picture.
The script will be based on the book Enzo Ferrari – The Man and The Machine by Brock Yates, which explores the more personal and private details of the Ferrari founder’s live.
In 1957, the company faced financial turmoil while Enzo himself went head to head with the Vatican following a huge crash involving one of his cars which killed driver Alfonso de Portago. His son Dino also passed away that very same year.
On track the Scuderia struggled that season, failing to win a single race of the F1 season, although they did manage to get nine podiums. The film will most likely show some of the racing action from that campaign.