NY Film Festival Sets Michael Mann’s ‘Ferrari’ as Closing Night Selection

Adam Driver Is a Motoring Icon on a Mission to Save His Company and Legacy in ‘Ferrari’ Trailer

Neon has released the first look at its fiery, Michael Mann racing drama Ferrari, starring Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz and Shailene Woodley.

Based on Brock Yates’ book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Races, The Machine, the anticipated film follows Ferrari during the summer of 1957, as the ex-Formula 1 racer who built his own factory and established the Ferrari brand.

But in the nearly one-and-a-half minute sneak peek, which arrived just a day before the film is set to make its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, the legacy Ferrari built is in crisis. Bankruptcy threatens his business, which he built with his wife Laura (Cruz), 10 years before. In his personal life, Ferrari struggles to handle both the death of their son, Dino, amid a worsening marriage, and to acknowledge his other son, Piero, with mistress Lina Lardi.

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Delivered with little-to-no dialogue, the sequence of scenes reveals a man on the edge, emotions high as he and those around him grapple with the intensity of a life at high speed ahead of the Mille Miglia, a treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy.

Written by Troy Kennedy Martin, the Neon film also stars Patrick Dempsey as driver Piero Taruffi, Jack O’Connell as driver Peter Collins; Sarah Gadon as Linda Christian and Gabriel Leone as Fon de Portago. Mann produces alongside P.J. van Sandwijk, Marie Savare, John Lesher, Thomas Hayslip, John Friedberg, Laura Rister, Andrea lervolino, Monika Bacardi, Gareth West, Lars Sylvest and Thorsten Schumacher.

Ferrari will release in theaters on Dec. 25.