Alex Pettyfer to play racing driver James Hunt in new biopic Alex Pettyfer will play racing driver James Hunt in a new biopic. DreamWorks are adaptating the Tom Rubython book Shunt: The Story Of James Hunt into a feature. Hunt was one of the leading Formula One drivers of the 1970s. He was also known for his playboy status off the track, and went on to become a commentator for the sport. However, he suffered from alcoholism, depression and financial issues in later life, and passed away in 1993. Pettyfer will next star in the forthcoming I Am Number Four.