American actor Adam Driver steps into an Italian accent once more, portraying legendary carmaker Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann’s latest biopic, “Ferrari.” Set against the backdrop of 1957 Modena, Italy, the film delves into a crucial period in Ferrari’s life as he grapples with personal tragedy, business challenges, and strives for dominance on the racetrack.
Having previously portrayed Italian figure Maurizio Gucci, Driver leads the cast, with Penelope Cruz playing Ferrari’s wife, Laura. The pressure was palpable for Driver, filming in Modena, surrounded by Ferrari’s iconic legacy and the reminders of its significance in the region.
The ensemble also features Shailene Woodley as Lina Lardi, Ferrari’s mistress, and Patrick Dempsey as Italian racing driver Piero Taruffi, adding intensity to the high-speed scenes of the iconic Mille Miglia road race across Italy.
Director Michael Mann shared insights into the film’s authenticity, revealing that actual car sounds were recorded during scenes, emphasizing the commitment to realism. “Ferrari,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, is set to hit cinemas later this month.