Lewis Hamilton expects the as-yet-untitled Formula 1 film starring Brad Pitt will be released at a later date, potentially in 2025, following the disruption caused by writers' and actors union strikes in Hollywood earlier this year.
The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) went on strike for the first time since 1980, in a dispute over pay and the use of Artificial Intelligence in productions.
Members of SAG-AFTRA recently voted for a deal with studios, which ended the strikes that took place over the course of five months.
As a result of the strikes, many film and TV productions were put on hold including the upcoming F1 film which is co-produced by Hamilton.
When asked if it will impact the release date of the film, Hamilton told media, including RacingNews365: “Probably early 2025, I would imagine, with the post-work they’d have to do. So yeah, it’s been delayed a lot.”
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Plans to film a scene at the Las Vegas Grand Prix were scrapped, while much of the production has been put back to 2024 having made some progress throughout this year.
Pitt was seen filming scenes at the British Grand Prix, while the fictional APX GP team was also present at other races including the Hungarian and US Grands Prix.
Director Jerry Bruckheimer, who worked on films such as Top Gun and Pirates of the Caribbean, admitted that the strikes were "hurting" production but showed his support to those on strike.