Brad Pitt will drive on track at Formula 1 races in 2023 as part of the filming for the new Hollywood film that Lewis Hamilton is helping produce.
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has already admitted that the filming will be "invasive" on weekends, which will begin at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, with Pitt set to drive when there is no other cars on track.
The car that 59 year-old Pitt will drive has been designed by the Mercedes F1 team and features an F2 engine, along with one of the smallest 6K camera's in the world to capture footage.
The producers want it to be the most accurate racing film ever produced, which is why Hamilton is a consultant on the script and storyline for the untitled film. Top Gun: Maverick producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Joseph Kosinski are also involved.
Speaking about having the cameras from the major motion picture around the paddock alongside the Drive to Survive, Charles Leclerc says he is not phased by the production.
"I mean, in the end [it's] one more camera or one less camera, I don't think we realise it that much. I think it's amazing for the sport, though, it gives us really big visibility [and] a big reach to people that might not know or might not be interested so much into Formula 1," he said.
"Just for them to understand it in a better way, in a more lucrative way. And with the movie, I think it’s the best possible way. So no, or at least for me, it won't add any pressure. But I don't think for anybody, as we are getting used to having cameras around."
Pitt will not share track with other drivers
Tom Cruise has allegedly offered himself as available for stunt driving in case any extras are needed for filming.
Neither actor would be allowed to go out on track in an official session with cars due to the fact that they do not hold an FIA Super Licence.
This did not stop IndyCar driver Colton Herta, who was denied special dispensation for a Super Licence after being linked to AlphaTauri last year, from taking a dig at the situation.
"Brad Pitt got a super license even earlier than me. That's hard for me," he wrote on Twitter.