Robert DeNiro is due to play the role of Italian car designer Enzo Ferrari in a new biopic. The film will be set in the period from 1945 to the 1980s and will be produced by DeNiro’s production company TriBeCa Film in collaboration with TriWorld’s Gianni Bozzacchi. It remains unclear whether the film will be shot in English or Italian, or a mix of the two languages. The 71-year old veteran actor spoke Italian in the 2011 romantic comedy The Ages of Love and reportedly spent four months learning the Sicilian dialect for the 1974 film The Godfather Part II. DeNiro has stated that he is prioritizing the role over his other projects and Clint Eastwood is rumoured to have taken an interest in directing the film which was scripted by screenwriters Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele.
Ferrari died at the age of 90. The sportscar legend founded the Scuderia Ferrari racing team as well as the vehicle manufacturer named after him. Many view Ferrari as a revolutionary who changed the world of motor sport. The big budget epic film will be titled “Ferrari” and promises great drama, a picturesque Italian setting, inspiration and lots of classic sportscars.