Oscar-winners, acting legends, Hollywood hunks and human-sized chameleons Matt Damon and Christian Bale are teaming up for the first time in the new racing film Ford v Ferrari. The pair are starring side by side in the upcoming drama that tells the real-life story of British race car driver Ken Miles (Bale, who finally gets to almost use his real accent) and American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon, who uses someone else’s accent).
The new film from director James Mangold (Logan, Walk The Line) tells the story of Shelby’s mission to create a Ford race car that could beat a Ferrari, with Miles as the daring and gifted driver that could get the car across the finish line.
The first trailer for the film was released on Sunday and shows Damon and Bale going toe-to-toe together in the flick, which is set in 1966 and follows the months leading up to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.
Speaking to EW, Bale described the film as only The Fighter star could, saying, “It’s these two friends figuring out how do you deal with these a–holes in suits who know nothing about racing. It transcends racing and becomes something that just captures the spirit of people who are willing to risk everything for their love.” Poetic and rough around the edges. That’s why we love Christian Bale.
To celebrate the film, Jason Bourne and Batman were the honorary starters for this year’s Indy 500 in May, with the pair waving the green flag and getting to take a lap around the track with famed driver Mario Andretti.
In addition to Damon and Bale, Ford v. Ferrari also stars Josh Lucas, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, and Jon Bernthal.
Ford v Ferrari races into theatres on November 15.