Netflix announces the cast of Senna, which begins filming in Brazil
Credits: Aline Arruda / Netflix
São Paulo, October 20, 2023 - Senna, the new Netflix fiction miniseries about the thrilling story of one of Brazil's greatest heroes, will feature Alice Wegmann, Camila Márdila, Christian Malheiros, Gabriel Louchard, Hugo Bonemer, Julia Foti, Marco Ricca, Pâmela Tomé, and Susana Ribeiro in the cast. These actors are joining Gabriel Leone, who will portray Ayrton Senna. In addition to the brazilian actors, Kaya Scodelario, who was previously announced, along with Matt Mella, Arnaud Viard, Joe Hurst, Johannes Heinrichs, Keisuke Hoashi, Leon Ockenden, Patrick Kennedy, Richard Clothier, Steven Mackintosh and Tom Mannion are also part of the series.
The large-scale production and some of the actors have just arrived in Brazil, where filming is taking place in São Paulo and Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro. The miniseries, which is one of Netflix Brazil's most ambitious and innovative productions and is produced by Gullane, has already been filmed in Argentina and Uruguay and will proceed to the United Kingdom after completing filming in the country.
Over the course of six episodes, Senna will, for the first time, depict the journey of overcoming obstacles, ups and downs, joys, and sorrows of Ayrton, exploring his personality and personal relationships. The starting point will be the beginning of the three-time Formula 1 champion's racing career when he moved to England to compete in Formula Ford, all the way to the tragic accident in Imola, Italy, during the San Marino Grand Prix.
With general direction by Vicente Amorim, who also signs as showrunner and director, and direction by Julia Rezende, Senna is produced by Gullane in partnership with Senna Brands and the pilot's family.
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About Senna Brands
Senna Brands is a company created by the family of the three-time F1 world champion to manage and maximize the assets of the Ayrton Senna, Senna, and Senninha brands, which are inspired by the driver's legacy and achievements, his values, his personality, and his lifestyle. Part of the proceeds from the licensing of these brands is put back into educational programs run by the Ayrton Senna Institute.
About Ayrton Senna
In the world's fastest and most global sport, Ayrton Senna is considered by F1 to be the fastest driver of all time. His impressive numbers help explain why the driver has earned the title of sporting legend: three F1 world titles, 41 wins, 65 pole positions, and 80 podium finishes between 1984 and 1994. Senna, however, is much more than just statistics and records: the Brazilian was responsible for some of the most magical moments in world motorsport. Ayrton established a new level of excellence in the sport and was a legend in the art of pushing his own limits. Senna's passion for a better Brazil, in addition to his deep-rooted drive and determination both on and off the track, set him apart. His legacy inspired the founding of the Ayrton Senna Institute. For 28 years, its mission has been to develop well-rounded individuals, preparing them for all aspects of life in the 21st century.
Gullane is one of the largest producers and promoters in the Brazilian audiovisual market, besides being one of the main exporters of independent works. Founded in 1996 by brothers Caio and Fabiano Gullane, its catalog already includes over 50 prominent films released in Brazil and abroad, and 30 series for TV and digital platforms. Among some of the prominent films and series are Carandiru, Brainstorm, The Year My Parents Went On Vacation; the franchise Till Luck Do Us Part; The Second Mother, Just Like Our Parents, Bingo: The King of Mornings; and the shows Alice and Hard (HBO), Unidade Básica - seasons 1 and 2 (Universal Canal), Jailers (Globoplay), Irmãos Freitas (Space and Amazon Prime), Nobody's Looking and Mouth to Mouth (Netflix). Gullane has already received more than 500 awards and nominations in eminent film and television festivals in Brazil and worldwide, such as the São Paulo International Film Festival, the Rio Film Festival, Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, Toronto, MIPTV, and the Emmys.