Hitting the big screen later this month with two major motion picture stars, Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez will be the popular Shelby GT500 Super Snake, a high-horsepower Mustang ready to take on the action.
“When After Dark Films needed to cast a high performance car for its action thriller, “Getaway” (www.GetawayMovie.com) they tapped the iconic Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake built by Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc.” said Austin Knott of Shelby. The Shelby hits the silver screen on August 30, 2013, when Warner Bros. opens “Getaway” nationwide. “Thanks to the efforts of Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc. beginning August 14, fans can also enter online at FandangoGetawaySweeps.com for the chance to win their very own 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, inspired by the car from the film,” Knott added.
According to our source, a pair of Shelby GT500 Super Snakes were used to make the film. One was driven in scenes filmed on location in Bulgaria, while another was tapped for audio recording in Los Angeles. The film’s director and producer, Courtney Solomon, made the decision to use a Shelby.
“Since ’Getaway’ takes place in a foreign country, I felt strongly that we needed the quintessential American muscle car with enough star power to shine with Ethan and Selena,” said Solomon. “With 725 horsepower, amazing capabilities and great looks, the Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake was ideal for this ‘role.’ Our film hasn’t even opened yet, but the tremendous interest in ‘Getaway’ by car enthusiasts is impressive. We look forward to taking audiences on the ride of their lives in the Shelby Super Snake.”
According to our sources at Shelby, the plot centers around racecar driver, Brent Magna (Hawke), who is pitted against the clock, while desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife. “Brent commandeers a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, taking it and its unwitting owner (Gomez) on a high-speed race against time, at the command of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage.”
“We were pleased when the filmmakers chose the Shelby GT500 Super Snake for their movie,” said Tracey Smith, president of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “Over the years, Shelby cars have become a pop culture symbol of the American spirit and performance. The majority of Shelbys featured in past films were built in the 60’s, so we’re thrilled that ‘Getaway’ includes a modern GT500 Super Snake to illustrate how the brand continues to push the boundaries of power and performance today.”