A new take on the legendary tale of Ford taking on Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans hits theaters November 15, and a new trailer shows some of the back-and-forth between the movie’s main characters, Carroll Shelby (played by Matt Damon) and racer Ken Miles (played by Christian Bale) as they try to pull off a seemingly impossible feat.
Instead of covering this story from the corporate Goliath and Goliath angle, Ford v Ferrari focuses in on the friendship between Shelby and Miles, framing them as upstart outsiders fighting against the uptight bureaucracy inside the Ford Headquarters. Director James Mangold is no stranger to combining character-driven stories with action, with credits that include 3:10 to Yuma and Logan, and reviews from an early screening at the Telluride film festival suggest he pulls it off again here.
It’s clearly a dramatic interpretation of the history—Ken Miles’s real accent suggests a more reserved demeanor than the Bale’s brash interpretation, for example—but movie magic is all about heightened tension and big stakes. The stories and personalities of the automotive world that gearheads all know by heart rarely get proper due in the larger entertainment world, so it’s good see some racing make it to the big screen. Add in two acclaimed actors chewing up scenes and (presumably) plenty of high-speed racing footage, and Ford v Ferrari has us counting down the days until the premiere.