Report: Robert De Niro to play Enzo Ferrari in upcoming biopic called “Ferrari”


Great news for racing fans: another motorsport movie is on the cards.

Following in the footsteps of Rush and 1: Life on the Limit, a biopic on the life of Enzo Ferrari simply entitled Ferrari is now in the works.

According to a report in Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, Robert De Niro is set to take up the role of Enzo Ferrari, whilst Clint Eastwood has reportedly showed an interest in directing the film.

Ferrari was born in 1898, and after working at Alfa Romeo for much of his early career, started to produce cars bearing his name in 1947 in the aftermath of the Second World War.

His involvement in Formula 1 is as old as the sport itself, with Ferrari being the only team to have raced in every single season since the start of the world championship in 1950.

Enzo’s enigmatic nature played a big part in the allure of Ferrari that persists to this day, even some 26 years after his death in 1988.

Now, his life is set to hit the big screen, with De Niro confirming to Il Messaggero that the project will be his priority once it goes into production.

“It is an honor to tell the life of an extraordinary man who revolutionised the world of motorsport,” De Niro said. “The film will go into production soon, mostly in Italy, and has absolute priority over all my other projects.”

It will be intriguing to see how the life of ‘Il Commendatore’ is portrayed on the big screen, but it will unquestionably be another popular film among motorsport and car lovers.