The first trailer for the Christian Bale-Matt Damon car racing drama “Ford v Ferrari” debuted on Sunday night, and it’s easy to see why the film has been getting early awards season buzz.
The film centers around the true story of the Ford Motor Company’s efforts to finally beat perennial winner Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, a prestigious endurance auto race held in France. Ford enlists Carroll Shelby (Damon) to build the car, promising him all of the funds he needs for a winner. But Shelby insists that will take more than money.
“You need a pure racer behind the wheel of your car,” Shelby says in the trailer. “That’s Ken Miles.”
In the trailer, Ford executives are wary of Miles (Bale), who quickly proves his reputation of being “difficult” by punching Shelby squarely in the face around the 50-second mark.
Along with Bale and Damon, the “Ford v Ferrari” cast features Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”), Jon Bernthal (“Baby Driver”), Noah Jupe (“A Quiet Place”), Tracy Letts (“Lady Bird”), Josh Lucas (“Sweet Home Alabama”), and Ray McKinnon (“Deadwood”). The film is directed by James Mangold (“Walk the Line”).
“Ford v Ferrari” was originally scheduled to be released in July, but was shifted to Nov. 15, a prime awards season slot. While the 92nd Academy Awards are still more than eight months away, Oscar prognosticators have the film in contention for Best Picture and both Bale and Damon in the mix for Best Actor.