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Daniel Brühl to star in Stefano Mordini’s rally-car drama 2 Win

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- The Spanish-German thesp joins Riccardo Scamarcio and Volker Bruch in the movie, which looks to be reminiscent of a Ford vs Ferrari-style battle

Daniel Brühl to star in Stefano Mordini’s rally-car drama 2 Win
Actor Daniel Brühl (© Pascal Buenning)

Daniel Brühl (The King’s Man [+see also:
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, The Zookeeper’s Wife, Inglourious Basterds [+see also:
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), Riccardo Scamarcio (John Wick 2, Loro [+see also:
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) and Volker Bruch (Babylon Berlin) are teaming up for a new film by Stefano Mordini, 2 Win, based on the events of the 1983 World Rally Championship. The latest film by Italian director Mordini, The Catholic School [+see also:
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, was presented out of competition at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in September last year.

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The script for 2 Win was written by Filippo Bologna, Mordini and Scarmarcio, who also worked jointly on the Italian comedy The Players [+see also:
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in 2020. Prior to this, Mordini and Scarmarcio collaborated on the crime-drama Pericle The Black [+see also:
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, which screened in Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Since then, the pair have joined forces three times, on The Invisible Witness [+see also:
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, and the aforementioned The Players and The Catholic School. However, 2 Win is their first English-language film, which is slated to start shooting in Italy later this month.

The 1983 World Rally Championship sparked an intense rivalry between the Italian and German contenders. Hannu Mikkola, representing Audi, beat the defending world champion, Walter Röhrl, and his Lancia teammate Markku Alén, thus winning the drivers' title. The Lancia team managed to snatch the manufacturers' title from Audi by a narrow margin of two points.

In the film, Brühl will play Roland Gumpert, who is competing against Italy’s workforce supervisor, Cesare Fiorio (Scamarcio), to win the championship. Fiorio is determined to win and assembles a team of medical doctors and nutritionists. He manages to talk to German driver Walter Röhrl (Bruch) and persuades him to drive for Lancia against Audi’s reigning champion, Hannu Mikkola. This confrontation is akin to the infamous Ford vs Ferrari rivalry and is well known within the racing community.

This will be Brühl’s second racing movie, as he also played in Ron Howard’s Rush [+see also:
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. 2021 marked the release of Brühl’s directorial debut, his dark comedy Next Door [+see also:
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, which premiered as a Golden Bear hopeful at the Berlin International Film Festival; in it, he also acted as Daniel, a vain and mean version of himself.

2 Win is an Italian-French-UK co-production. Lebowski is staging the film, with Recorded Picture Company and Metropolitan Films co-producing. 01 Distribution will be the Italian distributor. 2 Win is being produced by Jeremy Thomas together with Scamarcio. HanWay Films is handling the world sales, which will kick off shortly at Cannes.

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