Long-time racing fan Michael Fassbender has signed on to narrate upcoming Formula 1 documentary 1, RadioTimes.com can confirm.
The German-Irish actor won critical acclaim for his role in Shame, but is best known for a string of big budget blockbusters including X-Men: First Class and most recently Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus. Now he will lend his voice to an upcoming documentary from Paul Crowder who’s best known for his work as an editor on surf films like Riding Giants, Dogtown and Z Boys.
1 is being billed as an action documentary that tells the story of the charismatic drivers who risked their lives during Formula 1’s golden era from the late 1960s onwards. Using rare archival footage 1 will chart the birth of the sport. It will also feature interviews with F1 icons including Bernie Ecclestone, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
In a statement the film’s producers said: “We are honored that Michael has agreed to lend his voice to our film. He is one of the most talented actors in the world today as well as being a Formula 1 fan. His charismatic and daring approach to acting lends itself perfectly to our story about a generation of risk takers in a glamorous and dangerous sport. We couldn’t be more excited.”
“Michael Fassbender is a brilliant and fearless actor who will bring all the passion and excitement of our action documentary to life,” Crowder added. “There is truly no better voice to tell this story.”
The film, made by Exclusive Media's Spitfire Pictures, will make its debut at a specially arranged preview in Texas tonight with Fassbender’s voiceover set to be added at a later date.