20th Century Fox has released the first poster for Logan and Walk the Line filmmaker James Mangold’s highly anticipated new film Ford v. Ferrari, announcing that the first trailer for the movie will debut Sunday night during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The story is set against the backdrop of 1966’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France and follows maverick American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) who sets out to build a revolutionary car that would allow Ford to challenge Ferrari, with Christian Bale playing fearless British racer Ken Miles—who gets behind the wheel of the new Ford racing vehicle.
Shelby and Miles were dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca themselves to build an entirely new vehicle from scratch that could finally defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. A film based on these events has been in the works for years, with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt at one point attached to star. And while Ford v Ferrari was initially slated for release this summer, Fox (now owned by Disney) pushed the film back to this fall to better position it for an awards run.
Indeed, the first footage from the film wowed audiences at CinemaCon earlier this year, and I can’t wait to see the first trailer myself this Sunday. Damon and Bale are two of the best actors working today, and Mangold—coming off a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Logan—is a consistently interesting filmmaker, vacillating between various genres to solid results. I mean, the same guy made Kate & Leopold, 3:10 to Yuma, and Cop Land. That’s some kinda range.
Check out the simple, impressive Ford v. Ferrari poster below, and check back Sunday night to watch the trailer. The film also stars Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, and Tracy Letts. Ford v. Ferrari opens in theaters on November 15th.