Netflix has opened a behind-the-scenes look at the six-episode series about the life of Ayrton Senna, which is expected to be released in mid-to-late 2024.
The 'Senna' series will be a biographical drama based on the Formula 1 legend who won the World Championship in 1988, 1990 and 1991 driving for McLaren. Filming for “Senna” has already begun and will take place in various locations around the world, as the miniseries attempts to tell the story of the Brazilian who met a tragic death following an accident at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
Here's everything we know so far about the Netflix drama with the title «Senna»
The 'Senna' is expected to go on sale in mid to late 2024, which is actually two years after its supposed launch date. Netflix announced in September 2020 that it had begun production on a new drama about the three-time world champion, but this was in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, which inevitably caused delays. So, filming on 'Senna' was delayed, meaning it couldn't meet its original target of a 2022 release. But 'Senna' should now be released in 2024, having announced its cast since October of 2023.
'Senna' will chart the iconic Brazilian's journey following many of the feats of his long racing career, while also offering a glimpse into his personal life, over the course of the six-episode series. The mini-series will begin with Senna's move to the UK in 1981 for the Formula Ford 1600 championship, which he won, and then follow his legendary rise to three F1 world championships and 41 Grand Prix wins. Netflix will no doubt capture Senna's rivalry with Alain Prost, as the two have clashed numerous times in their pursuit of the championship.
The series would end on a tragic note, with Ayrton Senna's fatal crash at Imola in May 1994 at the third round of that F1 season, a death that prompted three days of national mourning in Brazil. Senna is being filmed in collaboration with his family, as Ayrton's sister Viviane, mother of former F1 driver Bruno, said in 2020 that “it's very special to be able to announce that we're going to tell the story that few people know about him ».
Senna will be a multilingual series shot in Portuguese and English and follows the award-winning documentary Senna, released in 2010, which depicted his life through archival footage from racetracks and footage provided by his family. Netflix has yet to release a trailer for the upcoming Senna series, and so far only images from the set have been revealed.
Brazilian actor Gabriel Leone will play Ayrton Senna in the upcoming Netflix series, after starring as Alfonso de Portago in the film 'Ferrari', which followed the Italian manufacturer's attempt at the 1957 Mille Miglia. This was announced in March 2023, as Viviane stated that Leone “has the ability to faithfully portray Ayrton's unique personality, especially the Ayrton we knew as a family, off the track”.
Alongside Leone will be Matt Mella as Prost, while Brazilian actors Alice Wegmann, Camila Mardila, Christian Malheiros, Gabriel Louchard, Hugo Bonemer, Pamela Tome and Susana Ribeiro have also been announced. Pirates of the Caribbean actress Kaya Scodelario will also star in the series, as will BAFTA Award nominee Steven Mackintosh, who will play the role of Frank Williams in two episodes.
Brazilian production company Gullane will produce Senna's miniseries in collaboration with his family. Gullane was founded in 1996 by brothers Caio and Fabiano Gullane, who have since produced more than 40 films and 20 TV series. The Debut is one of Gullane's best-known films, winning at the Cannes Film Festival, following the 1984 NBA draft, when Oscar Schmidt was selected by the New Jersey Nets but turned down the club's contract to play in Brazil. Senna will also be directed by award-winning Brazilian directors Vicente Amorim and Julia Rezende. Senna has been filmed across South America, with filming already completed in Argentina and Uruguay before heading to Brazil, with the UK the last on its tour.