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'Framing John DeLorean' Could Be This Year's Must-See Car Flick

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Alec Baldwin plays the controversial sports-car creator.

Our bookshelves and streaming-service queues are filled with movies about cars and the people who made and raced them. And if this latest trailer is anything to go by, we could have another to add to our list of all-time greats.

It's called Framing John DeLorean, and it stars none other than Alec Baldwin as the man behind the iconic and notorious DeLorean DMC-12. The car was immortalized in the Back To The Future trilogy, but this film looks like it'll stand as an even greater profile of the Giugiaro-designed, steel-bodied, gull-winged sports car.

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A Detroit native, John DeLorean rose to prominence as a high-ranking executive at General Motors, where he shepherded such classics as the Pontiac GTO and Firebird into production as the youngest division head in GM history. But the car for which he is best remembered is the one that bore his own name.

A revolutionarily eye-catching design for its time, the DMC-12 packed a modest 2.8-liter V6 jointly developed by Peugeot, Renault, and Volvo, and good for all of 130 horsepower. But the image it projected punched far above it's engine's output. And it wasn't without its share of controversy, to say the least.

That's the story this film ostensibly seeks to relive, evidently made up of both dramatic reenactments and archival documentary footage. The movie's set to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival next month, and we're looking forward to seeing it once it's released to the public. But from what we can see so far, it looks like it'll earn its place on our shelves and queues alongside documentaries like Senna, Love The Beast, and Truth in 24, and historical dramas like Jeff Bridges' Tucker, Steve McQueen's Le Mans, and Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl's Rush.