Hugh Jackman could soon be replacing Christian Bale in Michael Mann’s Enzo Ferrari biopic.
Both the Logan star and Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (Niels Arden Oplev’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) are in early talks to board Ferrari, EW has confirmed, potentially playing the titular Italian figure and his estranged wife, Linda, respectively.
Bale previously departed the project in January over health concerns, primarily tied to the required weight gain necessary to play the role of the real-life moto racer and founder of his namesake automobile marque.
According to Deadline, which first reported the news, Mann had first partnered with late director Sydney Pollack to make the film nearly 17 years ago. The bulk of the planned film — based on a script written by Mann — takes place in 1957, charting Ferrari’s contentious battle for industry dominance against rival brand Maserati.
Production on Ferrari will reportedly begin in summer 2018.
Jackman’s final X-Men spinoff, Logan, claimed the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office last weekend, grossing $88.4 million over its first three days on North American screens, and has since crossed the $254 million mark worldwide. Rapace will next appear in Alien: Covenant as Elizabeth Shaw, a role she originated in Ridley Scott’s 2012 sci-fi adventure Prometheus.
A four-time Oscar nominee, Mann’s filmography includes 1995’s Heat, 1999’s The Insider, 2004’s Collateral, and the 2009 historical gangster flick Public Enemies.