Former Batman star Christian Bale has reportedly agreed to play Enzo Ferrari in the biopic of the Italian racing legend’s rise to fame, directed by Michael Mann.
According to Deadline Hollywood, the as-yet-unnamed feature film – one of two Ferrari movies in the pipeline – is scheduled to commence filming next summer.
Miami Vice TV show director Mann, whose impressive film credits include Last of the Mohicans, Collateral and Heat, has previously worked with Welsh-born actor Bale on Public Enemies.
Bale played Batman three times, but received most critical acclaim for his performances in American Psycho, The Fighter, American Hustle and The Machinist.
Mann’s film is to be based on the Brock Yates book, Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Races. The project was originally led by the late Sydney Pollack, with Al Pacino set for the lead.