De Niro To Play Enzo Ferrari In Upcoming Biopic

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
de niro to play enzo ferrari in upcoming biopic

Nearly three decades ago, Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari passed from this mortal coil. Now, actor Robert De Niro will play him in an upcoming biopic.

Motorsport reports the film — titled “Ferrari” and produced in a collaboration between De Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises and former photographer Gianni Bozzacchi’s Triworld Cinema — will be shot in Italy, and will hit theatres sometime in 2016.

When interviewed by Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, De Niro had this to say about playing the legendary founder:

For me it is an honour and a joy to tell the life of an extraordinary man who revolutionised the automotive world and across historical periods.

Bozzacchi, who is producing the film, adds that “Ferrari” would have a large budget, and would be based upon “an epic story” covering the period between 1945 and 1988. Actor/director Clint Eastwood was approached to direct the project, while “Nixon” writers Stephen J Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson have also been linked.

Join the conversation
5 of 30 comments
  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Apr 10, 2015

    Who gets to play Henry Ford II, Colin Chapman and Carroll Shelby? If you think about it, Enzo Ferrari was responsible for some great cars just by p!ssing people off, for example the Ford GT40, Shelby Daytona Coupe and Lamborghinis.

  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Apr 10, 2015

    De Niro's come a long way from pitching AMC Ambassadors:

  • JD23 JD23 on Apr 10, 2015

    I thought that Vinnie Chase was going to play Enzo Ferrari.

  • Ron B. Ron B. on Apr 11, 2015

    Vin Diesel looks more like EnZo in his younger days. Put a wig on him, teach how to speak properly and bingo!.

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Apr 13, 2015

      Hollywood doesn't pick actors by resemblance to the real person anymore, all that matters is box office. Do you think Leo DiCaprio was picked because he looked like Howard Hughes?