Gran Turismo: Jann Mardenborough's Biopic Shows How A Gamer Became Nissan Nismo Racer

Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp's "Gran Turismo" is a sports drama that recounts the rise of avid gamer Jann Mardenborough to the level of professional race car driver for the Nissan Nismo Team.

By Divyam Dubey | on August 24, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

Gran Turismo, Neill Blomkamp's highly anticipated motorsport movie, will be released in India on August 25th. For those who don’t know, Gran Turismo is based on an inspiring true story that is popular with players and auto enthusiasts. Based on gamer Jann Mardenborough's actual experiences, the film features cutting-edge racing simulators with stunning visuals and a wide variety of automobiles. A key theme of the story revolves around Mardenborough's transformation from an online gamer to a Nissan Nismo race car driver, fusing the world of online gaming with the world of real motor racing. Several aspects of the movie have been fictionalised and dramatised for the purpose of cinematic results. Although the film is plagued with these problems, it faithfully portrays Mardenborough's story while maintaining a captivating storyline throughout.

Gran Turismo: Who is Jann Mardenborough? How He Became a Professional Racer?

To answer your question, the film "Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story" is inspired by actual events. The life of British racing driver Jann Mardenborough is shown in this movie, along with his incredible, almost impossible, rise to the top. Originally from England, Jann Mardenborough was born in Darlington, County Durham in 1991. His father, Steve Mardenborough, had a successful career in the NFL, appearing in more than 300 games during his time there. In the Gran Turismo film, Djimon Hounsou plays the role of Mardenborough's father. Djimon Hounsou is a well-known actor, well known for his roles as the Wizard in Shazam and Juba in Gladiator: Rage of the Gods.

Nissan Jann Mardenborough

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Mardenborough spent most of his early life in Cardiff. Mardenborough spent his childhood hours in front of the PlayStation playing Gran Turismo racing video games. His prowess as a Gran Turismo player allowed him to go through the Nissan GT Academy, and he is now a professional racing car driver. 

For those who don't know, the GT Academy was founded to help the best players of Gran Turismo take their skills from the computer to the real world of professional racing. Nissan and Sony Computer Entertainment supported the school financially from 2008 to 2016. He raced against and beat out 90,000 other contenders to earn a spot behind the wheel for Nissan in the Dubai 24-Hour.

Gran Turismo: Jann Mardenboroug Horrific Nürburgring Crash

In 2015, during a race at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Jann's GT3-class Nissan GT-R Nismo became airborne at the Flugplatz. The car spun around and went through the gap in the fence to the area where the spectators were seated. In this specific crash, one person was killed while the driver escaped with injuries

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Jann wanted to include the true narrative of the 2015 horrific accident in Gran Turismo, so he included it in the script. In his opinion, leaving it out would have been an injustice to the audience.

The visual of the film is well-executed, effectively conveying the thrill of racing. In addition, every shot immerses the viewer in the thrill of fast-paced action with beautifully depicted driving, screaming engines, and squealing tyres. The film draws on Mardenborough's true story to show how online passions may lead to tangible results in the real world. As the game develops, the barriers between virtual and real-life interactions blur, highlighting the malleability of gaming experiences away from the screen.

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