If you’re a PlayStation loyalist and a lover of racing games, then Gran Turismo likely had you in a chokehold at some point. The expansive franchise has been around since 1997, delighting gamers who play at home and in arcades for decades with its detailed graphics and realistic handling of vehicles. Now, Gran Turismo is coming to life in a new movie starring David Harbour and Archie Madekwe. It is art imitating art that imitates life… but this art will go between the fantasy world of games and the reality of life on the track. Confused yet? It will all make sense after the high-octane trailer for Gran Turismo.
Is the Gran Turismo trailer slightly too long? Yes. Are we curious about this film? Also yes. According to Gran Turismo’s synopsis, it draws inspiration from a very real story.
Based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough, the film is the ultimate wish fulfillment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional racecar driver.
Well, that’s a cool way to find your dream career. Hollywood is all about turning games into TV shows and films right now, as we’ve seen with The Last of Us as well as the upcoming Twisted Metal series. So perhaps this installment will be a good time, too. Gran Turismo will race into theaters on August 11.