First ‘F1’ Trailer: Brad Pitt in Formula 1 Film from ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Director


The official teaser trailer has arrived for F1, an upcoming sports action-drama that puts Brad Pitt behind the wheel. They’re revving up the marketing engine relatively early for this one; the film hits cinemas in around a year – in late June 2025. Take a look at the high-octane teaser above.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, renowned for his work on Top Gun: Maverick, Oblivion, Only the Brave, and TRON: Legacy, the film has Pitt playing a former driver making a dramatic return to Formula 1. Pitt teams up with a prodigy, Damson Idris (played by Joshua “Noah” Pearce, Snowfall, Outside the Wire) at the fictional APXGP team. The movie is unique in its production, as it’s being shot during actual Grand Prix weekends, blending real racing events with the fictional narrative.

The cast includes Academy Award nominee Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin), Academy Award winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Tobias Menzies (The Crown), Emmy Award nominee Sarah Niles (Ted Lasso), Kim Bodnia (The Bridge), and Samson Kayo (Our Flag Means Death).

The screenplay was penned by Oscar-nominated scribe Ehren Kruger, a writer on Kosinski’s Top Gun: Maverick and with credits that include Arlington Road, 2002’s The Ring, and three of Michael Bay’s Transformers films (Revenge of the Fallen, Dark of the Moon, and Age of Extinction).

The film is produced by Kosinski alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman of Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner for Plan B Entertainment, and seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton under his Dawn Apollo Films banner. The film is a collaborative effort with the Formula 1 community. This includes all 10 F1 teams, their drivers, the FIA, and race promoters, in an effort to provide an authentic portrayal of the sport’s high-octane atmosphere.

This is one of two big Pitt-starring films that Apple has on the horizon. They also have Wolfs, with Pitt and George Clooney (watch the trailer for that one HERE), geared up for a September release. F1 was certainly a pricey acquisition for Apple. Deadline reported in June 2022 that “the package was in the $130 million-$140 million range, before above-the-line compensation.” The same day, The Hollywood Reporter reported that “Kosinski, who will also produce, and Bruckheimer will see paydays well into the eight figures, with Pitt and his company hitting $40 million to $50 million.”

Apple Original Films, in association with Warner Bros. Pictures, will distribute the film worldwide and in IMAX. F1 has a US release date of June 27th, 2025.

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