The Grand Tour Amazon release date revealed – with A-list stars along for the ride?

Charlize Theron and Matt Damon will add some star power to The Grand Tour.

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The Grand Tour Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are ready for action. Image Picture Amazon

After months of speculation and rumour, the The Grand Tour’s Amazon release date has finally been revealed.

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will make their big comeback on Friday, November 18th when Amazon Prime Video premieres the first episode of the motoring show.

New episodes of The Grand Tour will be released every Friday for 12 weeks, taking the series through to February 3, 2017. The show is available exclusively to all Prime members.

The 70-minute long first episode will see the trio switch out of the Top Gear studio into a giant tent, recording in front of a live audience in California. 

Clarkson, May and Hammond are signed up to make three series of The Grand Tour as part of their Amazon deal, and for the past 12 months they’ve been shooting the show in far-flung locations ranging from Johannesburg to the US and beyond.

Watch the first Grand Tour Amazon trailer below:

The first trailer footage from the series shows teases the presenters at sea, in the desert and behind the wheel of three supercars.

According to a separate report from The Sun, the show will boast some serious star power in the form of guests Matt Damon and Charlize Theron.

“All the early signs suggest The Grand Tour will have a much bigger pulling power than Top Gear. Matt and Charlize are just two of the names involved. More big stars will follow,” a source is quoted as saying.

“Top Gear’s influence and power has clearly waned without Jeremy at the helm.”

The insider’s dig at Top Gear isn’t without merit. The revamped series under Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc was only able to attract the likes of Seasick Steve, Tinie Tempah and Sharleen Spiteri from Texas.

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