DID YOU KNOW?
Okay, here's some Those Stars Would Have Been An Incredible Pair piece of trivia for you. Did you know that Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were the initial choices for the lead roles? Yes, Cruise had been tapped for the role of American car designer Carrol Shelby, and Pitt would have played British race car driver Ken Miles. What an incredible tandem, right? Don't get us wrong, though, Matt Damon and Christian Bale are an amazing duo. In fact, after the film's premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, the two instantly won great acclaim for their performances. And in case you missed it, the two went to the Indy 500 for the promotion of their movie, and they looked dashing and perfectly in character. Yet, could you imagine if two longstanding and award-winning A-list stars were put together to share one screen? The film would have been a blockbuster at a drop of hat! Well, despite that, we still expect no less from this version.
Aside from the actors, the directorial vision also went through changes. That's right, the film could have looked a little differently. As a few of you may know, Ford v Ferrari had been in development for several years at the 20th Century Fox. Michael Mann, known for his affinity for crime films like Heat and Collateral, was the first director to helm the project. It was, however, scrapped when Joseph Kosinski was attached to direct it from a screenplay by Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. Had the project pushed through, it would have been Kosinski and Cruise's reunion after Oblivion. Later, James Mangold was brought on board to direct the film from the original screenplay by Jason Keller and the Butterworth brothers.