‘Rush’ Trailer: Ron Howard’s True Tale of Legendary Formula 1 Rivals

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 17th, 2014 at 11:25 pm,

In 1976, legendary Formula 1 racer Niki Lauda came face-to-face with death when his vehicle burst into flames after a collision. Despite suffering hellish burns (including the loss of his eyelids), Lauda chose to return to the racing circuit just six weeks later to compete with his English rival, James Hunt. This startling true story forms the backbone of director Ron Howard’s newest film, Rush.

Ron Howard directs Rush from a screenplay by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon). The movie stars Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as Lauda and Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World) as Hunt. The supporting cast includes Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) and Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy).

Rush Trailer Rush Trailer: Ron Howards True Tale of Legendary Formula 1 Rivals

Rush has flown under the radar, delivering a visually exciting first preview seemingly out of nowhere. The biopic looks as if it’s going to be handsomely shot, with plenty of clever editing and camerawork to capture the fast pace of Formula 1 racing.

Historical drama is a well that Howard has returned to throughout his career. From Apollo 13 to Cinderella Man, the director has shown a deft hand at wringing drama and excitement from based-on-a-true-story source material. That said, Howard has also been accused of distorting, excising, or straight-up inventing facts that contradict the actual events he purports to be portraying (i.e. – changing Max Baer into a thuggish psychopath in Cinderella Man to make him more of a typical movie villain). It will be interesting to see what – if anything – Howard changes this time around to smooth Rush‘s story into a more filmable form.


Rush will race into theaters on September 20th, 2013.

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  1. Looks great I forgot all about this film. I knew hemsworth was doing it but forgot all about it.

    Ill definelty check this out. Hemsworth is great.

  2. Looks cool, man.

  3. Looks really good, will defo check this out, Ron Howard makes great biopics!

    Anyone interested in this should check out Senna, will make you cry!

    • Yeah, Senna’s an excellent doc – gripping stuff!

  4. Definitely interested in this. Despite being polar opposites in terms of personality and driving styles, Lauda and Hunt always liked and respected one another, and “Hunt The Shunt” was the last of the English eccentrics in a truly lethal sport, before safety regulations and technology began to dominate Formula One.

    I must admit I’d never have thought of Chris Hemsworth in the role, but the more I think about it the more I reckon he and Daniel Bruhl could turn out to be great casting choices. I just hope the movie features some of Murray Walker’s commentary – it’d be a nice tribute to another F1 legend, and a foreshadowing of his thirteen-year commentating partnership with Hunt before the latter’s death in 1993.

  5. Fastest Sport on Land.

    • That would be Top Fuel Dragsters that go in excess of 300 mph. Not F1 who are barely faster than Nascar

  6. Hopefully this is more like Grand Prix, Le Mans and Winning than Driven and Days of Thunder. I look forward to a movie about Alex Zanardi…talk about a story of courageous comebacks under adversity!!!

  7. He doesn’t look or sound anything like Lauda but I will still check this movie out. Looks great!

  8. Wow! Can’t believe I almost missed out on this one. Looks great!

  9. Ricky. Bobby.

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