PlayStation Pictures invites Stranger Things star David Harbor to star in Gran Turismo

David Harbor, better known as Jim Hopper in Stranger Things, will be one of the trump cards of the upcoming Gran Turismo movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor has signed with Sony Pictures for a role in a film based on the popular PlayStation racing sim. The film will be directed by Neil Blomkamp and, barring any delays, will hit theaters on August 11, 2023.

According to American media, David Harbor will play the role of a retired pilot who teaches a teenager to drive a car. Details are scarce at the moment as the Gran Turismo® movie is still in its early stages of development. The Stranger Things actor is the only known name that has been revealed, so we’ll have to wait longer to find out the rest of the cast.

The Gran Turismo movie will be based on a true story and Harbor’s role will be to guide the protagonist in his quest to become a professional pilot. A few months ago, PlayStation Pictures released the synopsis, hinting that the film would be based on a program that Nissan and Polyphony Digital released over a decade ago for the PlayStation 3.

Inspired by a true story, the film follows the last wish of a teenage gamer at the University of Ottawa. Gran Turismo, whose gaming skills have won a series of competitions organized by Nissan to become a true professional racing driver.

David Harbor to play ex-racer in Gran Turismo

Although no details about the protagonist and his story have been mentioned, it’s likely that Blomkamp and PlayStation Pictures are focusing on the story of… Yann Mardenborough. The British driver, who currently competes in Japan’s Super GT competition, is one of the successful participants in the GT Academy program. Mardenborough won a Gran Turismo in 2011 and made his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut two years later, finishing third in the LMP2 class.

While Mardenborough is not the only GT Academy member to have raced professionally, he is the most successful. Another rider who also made it to the professional circuit after racing in Gran Turismo with Lucas Ordoñez, who finished 2nd at Le Mans in 2011. The Spaniard remains active and his last appearance on the track was in 2019 when he competed in the 24-hour race. Spa with M-Sport Team Bentley.

Gran Turismo will be directed by Neil Blomkamp and written by Jason Hall (American Sniper) and Zach Bailin (King Richard). Kazunori Yamauchi, video game creator and director of Polyphony Digital, will serve as executive producer. The film will be released in theaters on August 11, 2023.

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