Pre-production filming of a NASCAR-themed feature film will begin this weekend during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
NASCAR on Thursday announced it is collaborating with Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh on a feature film entitled “Logan Lucky,” which will star actors Channing Tatum alongside Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane.
The storyline depicts a theoretical heist at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Lead actor Tatum is no stranger to NASCAR as he and “22 Jump Street” co-star Jonah Hill served as grand marshals for the 2014 Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
Soderbergh, who also directed heist film Ocean’s Eleven, is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed movies Traffic and Erin Brockovich, which garnered him two Oscar nominations and the Best Director award.
“We are excited to work with Steven, Channing and all of ‘Logan Lucky’s” incredible cast and producers,” said Zane Stoddard, NASCAR vice president of entertainment marketing and content development.
“It’s a big-hearted, fun story that showcases NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway as the world-class sports entertainment property and venue that they are, much like the Bellagio in Steven’s Ocean’s Eleven.
Logan Lucky is tentatively scheduled for release in Fall 2017. Mark Johnson, Gregory Jacobs and Reid Carolin are producing. Stoddard is executive producing for NASCAR.