SailGP makes its Hollywood debut when two F50s – the world’s fastest sail race boats – take a starring role in the summer’s big blockbuster Tenet, a new sci-fi spy thriller by acclaimed director Christopher Nolan.
The much-anticipated blockbuster, starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh, was filmed across the world in seven locations – including Southampton, UK – and when the script required an epic sailing scene, SailGP answered the call.
Following Cowes SailGP in August 2019, two F50s – the Japan and U.S. boats – were rebranded exclusively for the Hollywood movie and SailGP’s world-class athletes took part in the filming, although it will be a struggle to spot them thanks to the magic of cinematography.
U.S SailGP helm Rome Kirby and SailGP Season 1 champion Tom Slingsby of the Australia team were two of the athletes involved and spent a week at the helm of the F50s – one white and one blue – setting up dramatic, boat-on-boat scenes in the Solent, under the watchful eye of Nolan from a helicopter.
Famed for his directing roles in Inception, Dunkirk and The Dark Knight Trilogy, no stone was left unturned to get the epic shots required in the script, although the plot was a closely guarded secret.
Keep your eyes peeled and see if you spot SailGP in its Hollywood debut!