Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the leading luxury Blended Scotch Whisky brand, recenly launched the second installment of its Gentleman’s Wager film series starring Oscar nominated actor Jude Law.
Returning in the second short film, alongside Giancarlo Giannini and new addition Chinese actress Zhao Wei, Law is seen embarking on a race through the picturesque Italian countryside in the story of a man who proves that a little gratitude goes a long way.
The Gentleman’s Wager II, directed by British director Jake Scott of Ridley Scott Associates, tells the story of two men who enter a wager over a priceless vintage car – the stunning Delahaye 135S classic racing car, which is not only the “trophy” for the wager but also a Walker heirloom, having been owned by the family since the late 1930s.
In the beautifully shot short film, we follow Law’s efforts to win, racing the Delahaye through the scenic Italian hills to make it to Monaco by noon. We see him encounter a number of challenges and distractions along the way, including damsel in distress, Wei. It is only through the gratitude he shows people who help him along the way, and the joy this brings, that he is able to progress to the finish line and celebrate with a glass of the luxury whisky.
The Gentleman’s Wager II premiered globally on 31st November at an event hosted by Jude and Giancarlo, at a beautiful villa just outside Rome, where the movie itself was shot. The film follows the 2014 launch of the internationally successful first Gentleman’s Wager film from the Johnnie Walker Blue Label brand, and features cameos from Formula 1 heroes, Mika Häkkinen and McLaren Honda F1 Driver Jenson Button.
Commenting on the film, Law says: “I’m thrilled to be in the driving seat for the second Gentleman’s Wager film. Being back on set with Giancarlo and also having the opportunity to work with the talented Zhao, was an absolute joy. That coupled with being behind the wheel of the Delahaye 135S racing car, driving through the rolling hills of Italy and out to Monaco, well… I consider myself a lucky man!”
The launch of The Gentleman’s Wager II film comes just over a month post the new Johnnie Walker Joy Will Take You Further global campaign, which challenges the idea that hard grind is the only way to succeed and instead shows that joy, and gratitude in kind, fuels progress.
The Gentleman’s Wager II short film.