Ford v Ferrari (2019)
|Release date (US):||November 15, 2019|
|Starring:||Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, Ray McKinnon|
|Distributed by:||20th Century Fox, Chernin Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
Ford v Ferrari is a biographical drama film that follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.
Le Mans is the world's oldest active sports car endurance race, held annually since 1923.
In 1963, Enzo Ferrari was approached by the Ford Motor Company about a possible buyout of Ferrari. Talks were unilaterally cut off by Ferrari when Enzo realized that the deal included the purchase of Scuderia Ferrari and Ferrari's racing program.
Upset at being rebuffed, Henry Ford II directed his racing division to build a car to beat Scuderia Ferrari.