Damson Idris, the protagonist of the Snowfall series, was cast as a co-star alongside Brad Pitt in Lewis Hamilton’s untitled Formula 1 film.
“I want to make the film, in terms of diversity and representation, I want it to be how Formula 1 should be in the future – or it should be now, but it will be in the future.” Hamilton said
“I want to see mechanical women. We’d love to see a female pilot. We haven’t reached that point yet. But why not?” he added.
The famous Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski is in charge of the movie’s direction. He is also known for preferring to use real-life effects over green screens for action sequences.
In Top Gun, Kosinski put the actors in real fighter jets to shoot the flight scenes. That’s why the production team conducted intense driving tests with the actors during the selection process.
The same is expected to happen in the film set in the world of F1, with the cast actors taking the wheel of racing cars at times.
The team behind Kosinski’s F1 racing film has been searching for Pitt’s co-star since November. Idris’ name shot to the top of the list early on, but it took time to narrow the roster.
Idris will play a young driver who will be teammates with a returning veteran, a role that will be played by Pitt.
The film features Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of the CSI: Criminal Investigation series and the Pirates of the Caribbean series films. Penni Thow will executive produce.
Idris is known for starring in the Snowfall series, on the FX channel and available on Disney+, which talks about the crack use epidemic in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.
In the production, Idris plays a drug dealer. He still has work on the Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone series on his resume.