Sony’s Gran Turismo film has added Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou and Spice Girls’ Geri Halliwell-Horner, who was known as Ginger Spice in the group, to the cast.
As reported by THR, Hounsou and Halliwell-Horner will be playing the parents of Archie Madekwe’s character – a teenager and avid Gran Turismo player whose skills won him a series of Nissan competitions and helped turn him into a professional driver.
Hounsou earned Academy Award nominations for his work in In America and Blood Diamond, and he will soon be seen in Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon. Halliwell-Horner was part of the Spice Girls, the group that sold over 100 million albums and became the best-selling female group of all time. Her husband is a former racer and is now a principal of Red Bull’s Formula One team. She is also an author.
It was also confirmed that Naomi’s Daniel Puig, The Wheel of Time’s Josha Stradowski, and Indiana Jones 5’s Thomas Kretschman will also be part of the show which has begun filming in Hungary. Puig will be playing the teen’s brother, Kretschmann will play his father, and Stradowski will be a rival driver.
Alongside Madekwe, it was previously confirmed that the Gran Turismo film would star David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, and Darren Barnett. Neill Blomkamp, the director behind such films as District 9 and Elysium, is directing the adaptation of the true story writen by American Sniper’s Jason Hall and King Richard’s Zach Baylin.
The story appears to be based on the story of Jann Mardenborough – a “British driver who began competing in events such as the F3 European Championship after winning the GT Academy reality show at 19 years old.”
Harbour will be playing a former driver who taught the teenager what he needs to know in the world of racing and Bloom looks to be playing a “hungry” marketing executive who is selling the sport of motor racing.
The Gran Turismo film is set to race into theaters on August 11, 2023. If the wait is too long, be sure to check out our review of Gran Turismo 7, the latest game in the legendary racing franchise.
Djimon Hounsou Image Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images. Geri Halliwell-Horner Image Credit: Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images.