Sony has been investing heavily in its video game adaptations lately. The company has been hitting the wall in many different countries to bring its most iconic PlayStation intellectual properties to life on the big and small screen in the last couple of years, like last year. Unexplored with Tom Holland AND Mark Wahlberg, as well as the new one Twisted metal series on Peacock and two of his most popular games, God of war AND Horizon Zero Dawn in line for going into direct action. Next up for Sony, however, is Grand Touring, and Collider is excited to partner with Sony Pictures to bring you an exclusive look at the film before it hits theaters next month.
of Grand Touring series wouldn’t necessarily look prime for a movie adaptation, as the game itself is a straight-up racing simulator known for its stunningly realistic graphics and wide array of realistic vehicles and locations. However, the series is the company’s best-selling franchise with over 90 million units sold worldwide, meaning it’s ideal for bringing to the masses, and so Sony Pictures has chosen to mix the world of online racing with the true story of a teenage girl. Grand Touring player named Jann Mardenborough.
Mardenborough had an incredible opportunity presented to them through a competition called the GT Academy. Leaving his fellow racers behind, he earned the opportunity to showcase his gaming skills on the actual racetrack as a driver for Team Nissan. This allowed him to compete in various events around the world and turn his passion into a career. In the movie, Archie Madekwe will portray Mardenborough as he works his way through the Academy, achieves his dream and faces challenges in his personal and romantic life outside of racing. He also has to deal with the high stakes involved in every race, where even the slightest mistake can end a life in a heartbeat.
Who else plays in Grand Touring?
Madekwe is joined in the film by some big names who will help steer him in the right direction. Harbor will portray his coach, while Orlando Bloom takes on the role of Nissan’s head of marketing, who was responsible for bringing it through the GT Academy to the race track. Djimon Hounsou, Daniel Puig and Ginger Spice herself, Gary Halliwellportray his family waiting anxiously at home.
The initial responses to the film have been positive and if you want to see the film, it opens on August 11 in theaters. Check out the exclusive featurette below.