Since the success of Tom Holland’s Uncharted, a video game-inspired movie, it was only a matter of time until Sony Pictures and PlayStation Studios partnered up to produce another hit movie. This time the film will revolve around the video game Gran Turismo.
If this news has made you excited, wait until we share the release date for the Gran Turismo movie. Yes, that’s right! Sony Pictures has also announced the live-action movie’s release date, and it is arriving in theatres this year.
Gran Turismo Movie Release Date
Sony Pictures will premiere the Gran Turismo movie on August 11, 2023. The movie will compete at the box office with The Last Voyage of the Demeter, a Dracula film from Universal.
Furthermore, the movie will only be released in theatres on the above-mentioned date as no release date has been provided for any streaming site. However, considering the deal between Netflix and Sony, we think that the Gran Turismo movie will make its way to the streaming platform. The only drawback is that it will release a few months later on it.
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Gran Turismo Movie Cast
The cast for the live-action film is nothing short of stellar. Archie Madekwe will play the role of the lead actor, Jann Mardenborough. He is best known for his roles in Midsommar. Furthermore, he will also be appearing in Netflix’s Heart of Stone, set to release on the same day as Gran Turismo.
Geri Halliwell will play the role of Jann’s mother, while Daniel Puig will act as Jann’s brother. Djimon Hounsou, who has appeared in various films, including Guardians of the Galaxy and Aquaman, will play Jann’s father. Additionally, David Harbour, known for his role in Stranger Things, will appear as Jann’s trainer, while Orlando Bloom will play a Motorsports marketing executive named Danny Moore.
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Other cast members include Darren Barnet, Josha Stradowski, Thomas Kretschmann, Maeve Courtier-Lilley, and Harki Bhambra.
Gran Turismo Movie Plot
The upcoming Gran Turismo movie from Sony is set to be a sports drama that follows a biographical coming-of-age storyline. The original Gran Turismo video game series has no characters or story and is focused solely on driving and racing. To work around this, Sony is using the PlayStation Studios brand to create a narrative around the life of Jann Mardenborough while keeping the game in mind. Here is the official plot synopsis of the film:
“Based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough, the film is the ultimate wish fulfilment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional race car driver.”
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The upcoming Gran Turismo movie will not only focus on Jann Mardenborough’s career as a race car driver but will also explore his romantic life. The film will delve into Mardenborough’s participation in the Gran Turismo Academy competition, where he competed against 90,000 other participants and ultimately became the third and youngest champion. He was then allowed to represent Nissan in the Dubai 24-Hour race and went on to win several other Nissan events, making a successful career as a professional race car driver.
Sony gave viewers a sneak peek of the upcoming movie on January 5, 2023, confirming that it is not just focused on racing and the adrenaline associated with it. It also showcased the lead actors in racing attire and provided a glimpse of the movie’s production process showing a few behind the scenes. Overall, the sneak peek increased the hype around the Sony PlayStation collaboration.
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On May 2, 2023, Sony Pictures released the full trailer for Gran Turismo on their YouTube channel. The trailer features the classic song “Hate Me Now” by Nas and highlights the inspiring journey of Jann Mardenborough, who went from being a gamer to a successful racer.