It has been a busy year for David Harbour, and his slate is set to grow with a new marquee film project. The actor has been announced to be starring in a film adaptation of PlayStation’s Gran Turismo video game franchise. The project is set to be co-produced by Sony Pictures and Playstation Productions, based on a screenplay by Jason Hall and Zach Baylan with Neill Blomkamp set to direct.
The film is said to be based on the true story of a teenage gamer who subsequently became a competition-winning professional race-car driver thanks to it. It’s unknown at this time how Harbour’s role will play into the narrative.
The Japanese-originated franchise Gran Turismo released its first game, created by Kazunori Yamauchi, in 1997. The franchise has been praised for revolutionizing the racing genre of video games through its authenticity to the driving experience. The most recent game in the franchise, Gran Turismo 7, was released for Playstation consoles on March 2, 2022.
For Harbour, this adds another notable role to his calendar, shortly after it was announced that he was set to return as Alexei Shostakov, a.k.a. The Red Guardian, for Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts. Harbour continues this hot streak after 2022’s fourth season of Stranger Things , and will subsequently return for the fifth and final season.
Gran Turismo is currently scheduled to release theatrically on August 11, 2023.