Irish director Nick Hamm’s John DeLorean biopic “Driven” is set to close the Venice Film Festival.
The film is inspired by the true story of the FBI sting operation to bring down maverick auto executive DeLorean. Set in the opulence of early 1980s California, it follows the meteoric rise of DeLorean and his iconic DeLorean Motor Company; his friendship with a charming ex-con-turned-informant, Jim Hoffman; and the drug scandal that brought DeLorean low.
“Driven” is scheduled to world-premiere out of competition on the Lido on Sept. 8. The festival described “Driven” as a wickedly comedic look at a bromance gone bad.
Lee Pace (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Hobbit”) stars as automotive engineer and designer DeLorean. Jason Sudeikis (“Downsizing”) plays Hoffman. Judy Greer (“Ant-Man“) stars as Hoffman’s wife, Ellen, and Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”) plays an ambitious FBI agent named Benedict Tissa.
“Venice is an inspiring festival with an incredible audience. I am both honored and delighted to be invited back to share this crazy untold story,” Hamm said in the statement. He was previously in Venice with “The Journey” in 2016.
The film is based on an original screenplay by Colin Bateman (“The Journey”) and financed by Romulus Entertainment. It is produced by Piers Tempest of Tempo Productions, Luillo Ruiz of The Pimienta Film Company and Brad Feinstein of Romulus.
London-based Embankment Films is handling international sales. WME is representing North America.
The 75th Venice Film Festival runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8.
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