Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise is rumored to play legendary motorsport superstar Carroll Shelby. Of course, no introduction is necessary for the two gentlemen. However, according to AutoGuide, the movie "Go Like Hell" started production as early as 2011. Oddly, we failed to learn about this movie until today. The movie is rumored to star Tom Cruise and to be directed by "Oblivion" director Joseph Kosinski for 20th Century Fox.

While Tom Cruise might not have been the clear choice to play Carroll Shelby, the actor certainly has the career experience necessary to play Shelby well. More than 20 years ago, one of Tom Cruise's break out films was NASCAR movie "Days of Thunder." What's more, Cruise and Cameron Dias were also guests on Top Gear, where the actor infamously went around the last series of corners on two wheels. 

"Go Like Hell" will be closely based on the 2009 book "Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, And Their Battle For Speed And Glory At Le Mans" by A.J. Baime. Rather than an autobiography of American icon Carroll Shelby, "Go Like Hell" specifically recounts the gripping Ford vs. Ferrari showdown at Le Mans during the 1960's. SPOILER ALERT: Under the direction of Shelby, the heroic Ford GT40 racing car won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive times, from 1966 through 1969. So far there have not been any details regarding who will play key character roles including Enzo Ferrari, Henry Ford II, as well as racing drivers Bruce McLaren, and Dan Gurney.

According to Deadline, Lucas Foster had sold the project to Alex Young as early as 2009 and Brad Pitt was an early candidate to star Carroll Shelby. What's more, EOnline reports that shooting for "Go Like Hell" will not begin until Tom Cruise completes the fifth installment of Mission: Impossible 5. Expect the movie to to release as late as 2015. 

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