“A Time When We Were A Little Less Cautious”: Christian Bale & Matt Damon Gear Up For “Le Mans ’66”

Christian Bale and Matt Damon gear up for Le Mans ’66, a new racing drama from Logan and 3.10 to Yuma director James Mangold. The film is inspired by the fact-based story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles.

Christian Bale and Matt Damon in Le Mans 66

“I love stories that take you to a time when we were a little less cautious: when we were first figuring out our relationship to technology, how we were going to make excellent tools and faster better contraptions based upon our instincts more than computer models,” says Le Mans ’66 director James Mangold.

Set for release in November, the new racing drama is based on the fact-based story of American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and British-born driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale).

Referred to as Ford v Ferrari in the States, Bale and Damon are joined in the cast by Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone and Ray McKinnon under the direction of Mangold who is coming off the back of the brilliant X-Men spin-off Logan.

Mangold says he was drawn to the eccentric and courageous characters that populated motor racing in a period before today’s “risk averse” competition. “Now, we’ve become so corporate, liability-protected, computer simulated and risk averse it’s hard to imagine the same kind of discovery is even possible. The eccentric characters who pioneered racing, much like our astronauts and test pilots, put their lives on the line every day.

“The cars were prototypes, one of a kind, and sometimes death traps, dawning-age beasts so powerful they could tear themselves apart. The men behind the wheel and in the pits and garages came from all walks of life, speed junkies, technical engineers, entrepreneurs, military men, street racers, gamblers, designers, hot rodders, and car geeks, young and old. All working together at the very edge of technology without a map.”

Previously scheduled to be released on June 28, Le Mans ’66 focuses on a team of American engineers and designers (led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his driver, Ken Miles) who were tasked by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca to develop and build a new racing car capable of defeating the previously unstoppable Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans race in France.

Le Mans’ 66 arrives in UK cinemas on November 8, 2019.

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