Le Mans - American actor Brad Pitt will wave the starting flag for this year's
Le Mans 24 hour car race on June 18, organisers of the French endurance
race confirmed on Friday.
"Proud and very happy that the start of #LeMans24 2016 will be given
by #BradPitt, eager for him to share the legend of this race," wrote
Pierre Fillon, president of l'Automobile Club de l'Ouest (Automobile
Club of the West), organisers of the event since its inauguration in
1923, on his Twitter account.
The 52-year-old American actor and producer had long been tipped to
star in a film, "Go Like Hell", directed by Michael Mann and alongside
Tom Cruise, which would have had the backdrop of the Le Mans circuit and
the rivalry between American Carroll Shelby and Ferrari. But that
project never found funding and seems to have stalled.
Pitt follows French President Francois Hollande who last year waved
the starting flag, with French actors Alain Delon (1996) and Luc Besson
(2002) having previously done the honours at the prestigious endurance