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Christian Bale in driving seat for Michael Mann's Ferrari biopic

Christian Bale in The Fighter

Story by Jack Foley

CHRISTIAN Bale looks set to take on the lead role in Michael Mann’s biopic of car magnate Enzo Ferrari.

The Oscar-winning star of The Fighter has reportedly signed on to play the Italian entrepreneur who founded Ferrari in 1929.

Based on the 1991 book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, written by Brock Yates, the film will also feature a script that is based on an amalgamation of two screenplays – one is from the late Troy Kennedy Martin, who wrote The Italian Job, and the other from the late David Rayfiel.

It will take place in 1957 and will feature Ferrari’s relationships with two women, Laura Dominica Garello Ferrari, whom he married, as well as his mistress, Lina Lardi, with whom he also had a child.

The project has been a labour of love for Mann, who has been developing it for 15 years, and will reunite the Miami Vice and Heat filmmaker with Bale for the first time since Public Enemies.

Ironically, Mann’s Ferrari biopic is one of two in development at the moment, with Robert De Niro reportedly signing on for a different look at the businessman.

According to The Guardian, De Niro’s project comes from an Italian producer and will look at Ferrari’s life from the 1940s to the 1980s.

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