And neither actor is Italian. Just saying.
Around this time last year we learned that former Batman actor Christian Bale backed out of Michael Mann’s upcoming biopic of Enzo Ferrari. Reason being was that the actor concluded the excessive weight gain would seriously damage his health. No shit. According to Deadline, however, another superhero star has stepped into the Old Man’s shoes: Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman. Development on the Ferrari film has been ongoing for several years now and Bale’s exit last year created yet another delay.
But with Jackman now onboard, it seems the project is back on track, though there’s no known production start date just yet. What we do know is that Noomi Rapace, who starred in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," as well as the upcoming "Prometheus," will play Ferrari’s estranged wife Linda. Mann, who directed "Heat" and "Collateral," among many other greats, also wrote the script, which is set in 1957. It was during that time when Ferrari experienced death, failure, success, and fame – all while battling arch rival Maserati. Now that Jackman has retired from playing Wolverine, he no longer needs to be in top physical shape, so gaining extra pounds for his new role shouldn’t be too much of a concern.