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Orlando Bloom and Stranger Things star David Harbour have been signed to play leading roles in the forthcoming Sony Pictures/ PlayStation Productions movie ‘Gran Turismo, with a script based on the real-life journey of Jann Mardenborough from gamer to real life factory racer via Nissan’s GT Academy competition.
Mardenborough’s success in the competition led to a Nissan factory contract with outings in GT3, LMP2, the ill-fated LMP1 and a long spell in Super GT before his most recent role as a Formula E sim tester.
Harbour is reported to be cast as a racing mentor for the Mardenborough role – Think a significantly more ‘Hollywood’ Rob Barff, and Bloom, as a dead ringer for Darren Cox* is understood to be playing a marketing genius!
British actor Archie Madekwe is reported to be cast in the lead role and was seen recently at a Silverstone test day with Mardenborough
Industry reports are that the film is to be directed by Elysium and District 9 Director Neill Blomkamp, with the script being written and developed by American Sniper writer Jason Hall and King Richard scriptwriter Zach Baylin.
Whilst details are currently scarce, action sequences are understood to be planned at a European circuit in the coming weeks, and industry sources confirming that the production company were sourcing relevant race cars for filming.

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