When we first heard that Michael Mann—the director of Heat, Collateral, and The Last of the Mohicans—would direct a biopic on Enzo Ferrari, we were sold. Then Adam Driver signed up to play Ferrari, the automobile-world pioneer. Penelope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Sarah Gadon, and Patrick Dempsey followed suit.
And, suddenly, I wanted to go very, very fast.
Just before its debut at this week's Venice International Film Festival, the first Ferrari trailer premiered in all of its roaring, red-coated glory. The preview, fittingly, is nearly wordless—we hear what I can best describe as car noises as we embark on a montage through Ferrari's life: racing cars as a young man, attending a competition outside the Colosseum, and fighting with his wife, Marriage Story-style. We also glimpse some very Mann-esque action at the famous, yet deadly, Italian race: the Mille Miglia. At the end of the trailer, Ferrari—played by a fierce-looking Driver—says, "To get into one of my cars, you get in to win." Damn right.
"Everything he's been collides with what he might become, and the company has gone bust," Mann told Variety of Enzo Ferrari, teasing the period of his life that will be depicted in the film. "His wife finds out about the other woman. It's a spectacularly operatic melodrama in real life."
Following its Venice International Film Festival debut, Ferrari will hits theaters on December 25, 2023. Honestly, it's a damn good Christmas present. Aside from an actual Ferrari, of course.
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