New ‘Rush’ Trailer Offers More Story Behind One of Sports’ Greatest Rivalries

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Ron Howard’s latest film Rush tells the tale of real-life Forumla 1 racing rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda, who spent much of their motorsports careers dueling each other in racing’s biggest events during the 1970s. The film’s story focuses on the 1976 season, when a horrific fiery wreck left Lauda hospitalized with severe burns, only to return to the track just six weeks later to battle Hunt for the F1 world championship.

Howard is once again directing from a script by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon), but his cast is all new. Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World) stars as the brash and dashing Englishman, James Hunt; Daniel Brühl (Inglorious Basterds) stars as the resilient and gutsy Austrian, Niki Lauda – while  Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) appear in supporting roles as the racers’ respective love interests.

The film’s debut trailer showed off some beautiful imagery and a visual style that captured the thrilling feeling of going 170-plus miles per hour, while the voiceovers outlined the sport’s inherent danger – which, as the title explains – is also part of Forumla 1′s appeal.

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The new extended trailer includes all of the above, but adds some more story details, giving viewers insight as to why each man races and how their rivalry came to be. We see Lauda rise to a challenge to put the pedal to the floor, sparking an obsession, while Hunt seems to revel in the glamorous racing lifestyle, fame, and the sport’s material rewards. The rivals’ differing approaches, backgrounds, ideals and styles seemingly pit themselves against one another before they even start their engines.

Rush sees Howard return to familiar territory with another historical biopic, and though he almost always delivers an engaging cinematic drama from such true stories, we’ve also seen Howard use his inspiration to distort historical facts (Cinderella Man and A Beautiful Mind). As with any Hollywood interpretation of a real-life story, we expect there will be liberties taken, but the drama seems so built-in here that such narrative alterations are probably unnecessary.


Rush will speed into theatres on September 20, 2013.

Source: Yahoo Movies

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  1. Saw this trailer last night for the first time as part of the 42 trailers. Wow. I mean… i don’t know jack about racing, other than the guy who switched recently from McLaren to Mercedes, but this movie seems to be about more than just “racing”. The trailer completely won me over, and I’ve added it to my list of “must see” flicks this year.

  2. It was a great period of racing. It was back when “sex was safe, and racing was dangerous.” Now it’s the other way around. The cars still had a great amount of variety in terms of appearance and engine types. You had factories involved such as Ferrari (but it was the old, unreliable Ferrari, not the ultra-efficient, win-at-all-costs Michael Schumacher Ferrari) as well as small, quirky private teams like Hunt’s old team Hesketh, run by a slightly eccentric English nobleman. The sport was becoming more commercial with sponsors and all that but still very rough and tumble. And obviously very fatal.

  3. Looks pretty great!