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Brad Pitt's getting his turn to do something stupid-dangerous for a movie

Pitt will do at least some of his own driving, Tom Cruise-style, in Joseph Kosinski's upcoming Formula One movie

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Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
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Look: We would never suggest, for a moment, that every male star in Hollywood of a certain age is desperate to prove that they’re just as indifferent to their own safety—and as in love with doing their own stunts—as Tom Cruise is. It would be folly to suggest that Cruise’s contemporaries look at his movies, in which he regularly imperils himself for undeniably impressive effect (and rapturous press) and think to themselves, “Hey, I could do that. I could get myself nearly killed for a movie!”

Anyway: Brad Pitt is working with Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinksi—fresh off filming a movie in which Cruise was the big impressive airplane man—on a movie where Pitt will drive on actual F1 racetracks, just like a big boy might, vroom vroom, vroom vroom. (Note: Per Variety, Pitt probably won’t be driving an actual F1 car, as his vehiclewill most likely be a modified version of a junior F2 or F3 car,” which hit speeds that aren’t quite so massively fast.)


This is per Collider, reporting on a panel today conducted by British broadcaster Will Buxton at the F1 Accelerate Summit, where it was confirmed that Pitt and Kosinski’s as-yet-untitled Formula One movie will include footage of Pitt himself driving at tracks from the British Grand Prix. (Not racing against other people, mind you, just filming on the track.) The film is being co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who once upon a time produced the high-budget racing drama Days Of Thunder—a movie in which Tom Cruise was famously stopped from doing his own stunt driving due to insurance worries. (According to Buxton, Cruise has supposedly reached out to his old co-workers with an offer to drive, too, lending his old Interview With A Vampire co-star what we’re sure is a very welcome hand.)

The film will reportedly use technology that Kosinski developed and refined on Maverick in order to capture footage of cars that can go as fast as 225 miles per hour, including shots from the cockpit, so that we can watch this movie a few years from now and really know, “Yep, Brad Pitt damn near killed himself for this one. Good for him, I guess.”