Stranger Things actor David Harbour has signed on to star in the Gran Turismo movie.
Sony is billing the film as the ultimate wish fulfilment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional race car driver.
Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper in Netflix’s sci-fi series and starred as Red Guardian in Black Widow, will play a retired driver who teaches the teenager to drive in Gran Turismo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Neill Blomkamp (Demonic, Chappie, Elysium, District 9) is directing the movie, from a script written by Jason Hall (American Sniper) and Zach Baylin (King Richard).
The film could be based on the GT Academy contest, which was run by Nissan and Sony between 2008 and 2016 and gave winners a place in Nissan’s Driver Development Programme.
One of the most notable real-life success stories of the GT Academy is UK racer Jann Mardenborough, who won in 2011 and has since gone on to compete in the GP3 Series, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Japanese Super GT series.
“As one of PlayStation’s longest standing and most beloved franchises, it’s great to be partnering with Columbia Pictures again to bring Gran Turismo to life in an exciting way,” said Qizilbash. “We can’t wait for audiences to see Neill’s vision of this inspiring true story of gamer turned professional race car driver.”
The Gran Turismo film is slated for release on August 11, 2023.