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John DeLorean Biopic ‘Driven’ to Close Venice Film Festival

Nick Hamm’s movie stars Lee Pace as the founder of the short-live DeLorean car manufacturer

Director Nick Hamm’s John DeLorean biopic “Driven” will close this year’s Venice Film Festival, the festival announced Monday.

The world premiere of “Driven” will screen on Sept. 8 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido di Venezia, immediately after the awards ceremony for the 75th annual festival.

Set in early 1980s California, the fact-based story follows the meteoric rise of John DeLorean, (Lee Pace) and his iconic DeLorean Motor Company, through his friendship with charming ex-con turned FBI informant, Jim Hoffman (Jason Sudeikis).

The cast also includes Judy Greer (“Ant-Man”) as Hoffman’s strong-willed wife, Ellen, and Corey Stoll (“House of Cards) as ambitious FBI agent Benedict Tissa.

Hamm, whose previous directing credits include “Killing Bono” and “The Journey,” directed from an original screenplay by Colin Bateman (“The Journey”). The film, financed by Romulus Entertainment, was produced by Piers Tempest of Tempo Productions, Luillo Ruiz of The Pimienta Film Company and Brad Feinstein of Romulus Entertainment.

Embankment Films handles international sales and WME represents North America.

The festival, which kicks off with the Ryan Gosling Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man,” runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8.