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Noomi Rapace in talks for Michael Mann's Ferrari biopic

Prometheus

Story by Jack Foley

NOOMI Rapace is in talks to star opposite Christian Bale in Michael Mann’s long-in-the-works Ferrari project, titled Enzo Ferrari.

If a deal is concluded, the Prometheus actress will play Ferrari’s wife, Laura Dominica.

News of the potential casting came on the same day that Paramount Pictures has picked up distribution rights to the film, which is a long-time passion project for Mann and which adapts the 1991 book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, the Machine, written by Brock Yates.

Bale has already been confirmed to play the lead role of Enzo Ferrari, the Italian auto mogul.

Enzo Ferrari will follow the legendary Ferrari’s ascent from working for Alfa Romeo, first as a racer and then as a developer, to founding his own company in 1947.

It will also chronicle his racing victories in the ’50s and ’60s, letting Fiat slowly take control of the company.

The book also showed Ferrari’s tyrannical and manipulative nature, how he pushed drivers to the breaking point (and even death), his hatred of his lifelong marriage and his many affairs – all elements that Mann is reportedly keen to explore as part of the movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will boast an initial $80 million budget. Mann’s last film was the flop Blackhat but he is best known for classics such as Heat, Miami Vice and Collateral, the latter two of which saw him also working with Paramount.

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