Gran Turismo Adds Orlando Bloom To Growing Cast
Gran Turismo is really starting to take shape. Today we learned that Orlando Bloom is joining David Harbour and Archie Madekwe is Neill Blomkamp's film for Sony. Jason Hall and Zach Baylan wrote the script for the film, which is actually based on a true story. The film is the ultimate wish-fulfillment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional race car driver. Not what I am sure most expected from a gran Turismo film, but this is what we are getting. The Hollywood Reporter had the news of the casting of Bloom.
Gran Turismo, But Not As Expected
"There is a rich history behind the game, created by Polyphony and Kazunori Yamauchi in 1997 and hailed as one of the most authentic driving simulators in its class for its focus on precise graphics, driving physics, and attention to detail of its cars, which players would build and race. The series has sold more than 85 million copies, with the most recent edition, Gran Turismo 7, hitting shelves in March for PS 4 and PS 5." Many Sony video game projects are in various forms of development, including a film adaptation of Ghosts of Tsushima, the now-filming TV show for The Last of Us for HBO, and a star-studded adaptation of the franchise Twisted Metal at Peacock.
Sony, who found huge success earlier this year at the box office with Uncharted, is moving all the chips to the center of the table with video game adaptations. Snagging Harbour and Bloom is great, and with a director the caliber of Blomkamp, this could be a surprise hit. It had been a while since we had heard anything about this film, but now that a star is inked, more news should be coming, including a production start date.
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