Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt will reportedly compete in next weekend’s Rolex Roar Before 24, a three-day event at Daytona International Speedway ) Final rehearsal for the Rolex 24 Hours Endurance Race.
According to media reports, Pitt is filming an as-yet-untitled movie in Daytona that revolves around the world of Formula One racing.
Racing news website racer.com reports that the production will be filmed during IMSA’s Roar Before The 24 testing from January 19 to 21, and kicks off the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next week with the Rolex 24 from January 25 to 28. season. At Daytona.
The film crew, while not necessarily movie stars, were also given a nod in advance meetings with photographers to outline the parameters for covering the event, according to those in attendance.
Brad Pitt Formula 1 movie will also film on Daytona Beach Shores in New Smyrna Beach
There are also rumors that the show will film in other locations, including an as-yet-unconfirmed surf shop on the shores of Daytona Beach and Pappas Drive-In & Family Restaurant in New Smyrna Beach.
Pappas restaurant owner Vic Ganoe confirmed that the restaurant will be closed from January 23 to 29 while the movie is being filmed at the restaurant.
Racing schedule:Rolex 24th at Daytona and Roar weekend is coming
Garneau said it was “pretty cool” to have New Smyrna Beach as a filming location for the film, adding that some of the restaurant’s employees will appear in scenes filmed at the restaurant.
Brad Pitt movie directed by “Top Gun: Maverick” and produced by Lewis Hamilton
According to racer.com, the film based on Formula 1 is directed by Joseph Kosinski (“Top Gun: Maverick”), with seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton serving as producer. The film has previously been shot on location at multiple F1 race weekends in 2023, including the Las Vegas Grand Prix in November.
Plot details are scarce, but the story reportedly revolves around an elderly driver who is brought back to help a newbie in trouble.
In July, Pitt provided the following plot summary to industry trade magazine Variety:
He said he plays “a guy who goes to a race in the 1990s… gets into a terrible car accident, pulls over and disappears, and then he plays other races. His friend (played by Javier Bardem) is the team owner, He contacted him. They were the bottom team and they started 21-22 and they never scored. But they had a young talent played by Damson Idris and they brought me in Dreams of Hail Marys and carnivals. Let me tell you how amazing it is – there are cameras all over the car – you’ve never seen speed, you’ve never seen gravity like this. “It’s really, really exciting. . “
Daytona’s film history
The rumored Daytona shoot would mark the second time in recent years that IMSA and its GT category have been featured in a major studio film.
The 2019 film The Art of Racing in the Rain tells the story of a driver who harbors ambitions to enter F1 and competes in races such as the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
NewsJournal restaurant writer Helena Perray contributed to this report.