Amagansett actor Alec Baldwin will costar with Antonio Banderas in a new, Michael Radford-directed Lamborghini biopic, tentatively titled: Lamborghini – The Legend, according to AMBI Distribution, which is handling global sales.
Banderas is playing the legendary Ferruccio Lamborghini—creator of the Countach sports car with scissor doors, made famous by Miami Vice—while Baldwin plays his rival Enzo Ferrari, maker of the Testarossa, another iconic car driven by the ever-stylish Crockett and Tubbs. Of course both car makers went far beyond than those whips and the show that put them on the bucket lists of men everywhere.
Based on a book from Lamborghini’s son, Tonino Lamborghini, the film covers the entrepreneur’s long life, from manufacturing tractors to military vehicles during World War II, and eventually designing and building the eponymous sports cars that have made him a household name that will continue for generations. AMBI Distribution says they plan to shoot the film this summer in Italy and other locations around the world. Baldwin’s role will require about a week of shooting.
“My book Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story) is the only text perfectly respectful of the real life of my father, despite of numerous legends and anecdotes written or told by other people looking for a moment of celebrity,” Tonino Lamborghini, who’s written several books about his father, said. “I really believe this film can translate into images and words the great humanity of Ferruccio and transmit to the viewers worldwide my father’s personality: a man full of energy, charisma and passion.”
This film will also include a love story, the AMBI Distribution announcement says, noting that Lamborghini had one car for each day of the week, but his love of cars couldn’t compare to his personal loves. “His love of women, celebrity lifestyle, and the business of car making made for prodigious drama in Lamborghini’s life and these pursuits and experiences will be just as much a part of the movie as the cars themselves.”
Baldwin isn’t the only star in line to play Ferrari in upcoming films. Robert de Niro, who probably looks most like him as an older man, is playing the late car maker in Ferrari, while Hamptons visitor Hugh Jackman has signed on to play Ferrari in Michael Mann‘s biopic, originally slated to star Christian Bale.