A movie about German racing legend Michael Schumacher is to be produced, with veteran commentator Murray Walker set to be played by none other than Hollywood hard man... Bruce Willis.

The film will be made by a Hollywood producer, and will chart Schumacher's rise all the way up to the pinnacle of the sport, a career that saw him amass no fewer than 91 grand prix victories, a staggering 154 rostrum finishes and a record seven world championship crowns.

The news - initially revealed in Bunte magazine - has been confirmed in Barcelona this weekend by the 39-year-old's long-time manager Willi Weber, who added that the man from Kerpen is to play himself in the flick.

Perhaps even more surprising still, however, is the revelation that Weber has lined up Die Hard star Willis to play the role of Walker, who commentated on every one of Schumacher's successes.

"A Hollywood producer is interested," the Daily Star quotes Weber as having said, "and the film would be called The Michael Schumacher Story, with him as the main actor. Bruce Willis would certainly do Murray justice."

Walker was warmly referred to as 'The Voice of Formula 1' during the half century he commentated on the sport for both the BBC and ITV, and his character is expected to narrate the film, in addition to appearing in a number of scenes with Schumacher.

"If you pop a pair of glasses on Bruce, the similarity to a younger Murray Walker is amazing," an insider said, adding that the 53-year-old action hero would make 'a very convincing' Walker. "Bruce is a huge F1 fan and insists the sport hasn't been the same since Murray retired in 2001."

Meanwhile, it seems that racing certainly does run in the Schumacher family genes. Following hot in the wheeltracks of both Michael and younger brother Ralf, the former's son Mick has now begun his own fledgling career in the sport, with the nine-year-old finishing eighth and tenth in his first karting outing in Spain, competing under his mother's maiden name of Betsch.