Brad Pitt’s Upcoming F1 Film Continues Shooting at Daytona

The yet-to-be-named film starring Brad Pitt, based on Formula 1, is gearing up to resume its production, at Daytona, Florida.


By Ben Bush
Published on January 11, 2024

Brad Pitt F1 Movie

The anticipated Formula 1-themed movie featuring Brad Pitt is set to restart its production soon, with a shift in filming locations to the IMSA weekend at Daytona in Florida.

Throughout the 2023 season, the fictional ‘Apex F1’ team, central to the movie’s plot, was present at various Grand Prix events for filming purposes. The production team is now relocating to the Daytona International Speedway for the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship.

Starring Brad Pitt and Damson Idris, and produced by Lewis Hamilton‘s Dawn Apollo Films, the film crew was last active at the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix and plans further shoots across the 2024 season.

Daytona beckons for Brad Pitt’s F1 Movie

A report by the US magazine RACER reveals that the film crew is heading to Daytona International Speedway to capture scenes during the IMSA Roar Before The 24 test from January 19th to 21st and during the season-opening Daytona 24 Hours.

Similar to the F1 shoots featuring a fabricated team and dummy cars, the Daytona filming is expected to include a made-up GT Daytona team, ‘Apex GP’. However, the IMSA filming might integrate more seamlessly with the official races, unlike the separate F1 track sessions.

The RACER report speculates on whether Pitt’s character will drive an additional car during the official IMSA sessions, or if a regular competitor will temporarily adopt the movie’s branding for filming, then revert to their original livery.

Updates on Brad Pitt’s F1 movie project

The film’s story revolves around a retired racer, Sonny Hayes (played by Pitt), who returns to mentor a young driver, Joshua Pearce (played by Idris).

Produced by Hamilton’s company and renowned producer Jerry Bruckheimer, with Joe Kosinski directing, the movie faced delays in late 2023 due to Hollywood strikes. Hamilton has recently confirmed that production is set to resume, with plans to return to the F1 paddock in 2024.

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