It’s a story known throughout the car world, petrol heads everywhere have heard about the rivalry between the founders of Italian carmakers Ferrari & Lamborghini, now it seems this story is about to hit the big screen with Antonio Banderas revving up to star in a biopic about luxury car founder Ferruccio Lamborghini.
The actor will star alongside Alec Baldwin, who will play Lamborghini’s rival Enzo Ferrari, in “Lamborghini – The Legend.” Academy Award nominee Michael Radford will direct the movie, which will be based on Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story), which was written by Lamborghini’s son Tonino.
Oscar winner Bobby Moresco has written the script for the film, which will centre on Lamborghini’s entire life from his beginnings as a tractor maker to his successes as a luxury car company boss. It will also focus on his romantic relationships and celebrity lifestyle.
The movie, which will shoot in Italy and other locations around the globe, will be shopped to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.
“The life and story of Ferruccio Lamborghini is potently epic in so many ways,” an announcement from producer Andrea Iervolino reads. “The screenplay that Bobby penned is a true masterpiece that reflects this story and now Antonio, Alec and Michael will bring it to life in a way only they can – original, sexy and universally commercial.”
“We can’t think of any actors better equipped to take on the roles of Ferruccio Lamborghini and Enzo Ferrari than multidimensional leading men Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin,” producer Monika Bacardi adds. “This story of Lamborghini is not only about cars, corporations and remarkable careers. There is a particularly fascinating, but lesser-known private life of Lamborghini, and a beautiful love story that will be fun to see brought to life by Antonio.”
Meanwhile, Lamborghini’s rival Ferrari is also getting the biopic treatment from filmmaker Michael Mann. Christian Bale was set to take on the role, but he dropped out of the film last year. A replacement has yet to be announced.