Racing fans may hold fond memories of Days of Thunder, but let's face it: that wasn't exactly the best film Tom Cruise has ever made. Oblivion, on the other hand, got much better ratings, but was more about flying ships in the future than racing cars in the past. Well, we've got good news, because Cruise and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski are reportedly teaming up again for a racing-themed bio-pic.

Hot on the heels of Rush success comes news that Go Like Hell - the book about Ford's epic battle against Ferrari for dominance in the 1960s European racing scene – is being turned into a movie. And Cruise is lined up to play the late great Carroll Shelby.

This isn't the first time we've heard about the prospect of such a movie adaptation, but the last time around was a year and a half ago, when noted director and lifelong Ferrari fan Michael Mann was discussing the project. Whoever the director and whoever the star, we'll be happy if it features lots of GT40 footage and comes off better than the NASCAR classic we so inexplicably loved.


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      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worst casting ever. Caroll just rolled over in his grave.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        Thank you. Tom Cruise is an awful actor and has no business playing the role.
      ze_german
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who is the casting agent that needs to be fired? Tom Cruise is about 4'1" tall, and Shelby was certainly a tall drink of water. And then there's the fact that they look nothing alike. And then there's the fact that Tom Cruise is not a particularly good actor. And then there's the fact that he's creepy and weird.
        sixsix
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ze_german
        Thank you. Same goes for Marky Marky. Casting 5'6" MW as a Navy Seal where 6'0 is a small one is plane ridiculous. The guy he was cast for is 6'5" in real life. Let's not forget Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, a fictional character who was also 6'5". Keep it up Hollywood, let's cast Shaquille O'neal as a midget.
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unless Cruise is funding the film himself, the casting of Tom Cruise as Carroll Shelby is almost as inappropriate as casting him in a historical bio-pic as Martin Luther King, Jr. Beyond his cars, Carroll Shelby was well known for being almost too tall for being a racing driver and for having a very strong Texas accent, neither of which I believe Cruise can successfully replicate. Even if one could overlook Cruise's height issue, the only accent he has ever been convincing with is Southern Californian and that's only because he's from there. A far better choice would be someone like Josh Brolin, simply because he's about the right height, has proven that he can speak with a completely convincing Texas accent (see "W"), is the right age for the "Ford vs Ferrari" time period, is arguably a better overall actor, and actually physically resembles Carroll Shelby. Considering just how significant the "Ford vs Ferrari" rivalry was to motorsports, I find myself actually hoping that this film gets recast or cancelled altogether as opposed to possibly becoming "Days of Thunder, Part 2".
        PoMoMangler
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rmt_1
        Fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels are familiar with these types of feelings.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rmt_1
        Carroll Shelby was an average looking man. Tom Cruise-no matter what you think of his acting "skills," height, wacky religion, closeted sexualit-is a very handsome man. This would be like getting Ryan Gosling to play Bsbe Ruth. :)
          rmt_1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Teleny411
          Personally, as I stated elsewhere, I think Tom Cruise is an underrated actor, who can be quite exceptional when given a role within his "range". "The Color of Money", "A Few Good Men", "Jerry Maguire", "Magnolia", and "Collateral" all show that he has a real talent for portraying very different fictional people, but he has never shown that same level of talent for portraying real people. "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Valkyrie" are two examples where Cruise portrayed real people and where documentaries about these same people were far more compelling. Carroll Shelby's legacy as a man who was significant to the world of automobiles demands that his memory be protected even from those who's well intended efforts may be simply misguided.
      K.k. Hickey
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      methos1999
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      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it a Hollywood trend now to cast people who people don't want to see in a role? Ben Affleck as Batman now Tom Cruise as Carroll Shelby. What's next, Justin Bieber as John McClane in a Die Hard reboot?
        k.naz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        Bieber might not be far off for the Star Wars reboot cast.
        rmt_1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        The only good reason to cast Justin Bieber in any role for any movie or TV show is so that his character can be given an extraordinarily gruesome death scene. This way people can get a sense of visceral satisfaction from seeing Bieber literally getting turned into a pile of "hamburger", without any of the moral implications of actually wishing harm to befall another human being.
        ihatemacs9
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        All the actors in the world can't be at your disposal to play all the parts you want them to play in all the movies you're going to make. When you can bankroll a film, and sell a script to a studio, attach a well established director, then maybe you can assemble the dream team you have in your head of overpriced, underachieving, over managed, talent, with approval of the studio of course. Affleck as far as we can tell is just has a cameo in a superman movie and all teh intarwebs has pitchforks and torches.
      Israel Isassi
      • 1 Year Ago
      as bad as it is, it can always get worse.. Bieber-ette could have been cast.
      fordskydog
      • 1 Year Ago
      We're talking about a man who didn't fit in a GT40!
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      Juan
      • 1 Year Ago
      NO!
        rex
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Juan
        Agree..ftw! A punk playing a real guy...
          rex
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rex
          And, we do not buy, rent or see movies (not much tv either, because tv and screen have reached such lows in taste) just to not support the ego crowd ( and lefties)....so we will not see the movie...but it still craps me out...
      fordskydog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wha?!?!? Tom Cruise is a little pretty boy. No offense. But Carroll was a big tall guy, with rugged manly looks. Quite frankly, maybe someone like Christian Bale would be better... I like Tom Cruise as an actor, but he is really annoying in public. I don't want Carroll's legacy to have anything to do with Tom Cruise. As much as I want to see this movie, maybe it will fall through... Personal opinion and all.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nope.
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