"Rush" Movie Brings 1970s F1 to the Big Screen, Centers on Rivalry Between Lauda and Hunt

We have good news for all you racing enthusiasts out there that are not really into car movies like the “Fast and Furious” franchise. At the end of this article, you’ll find the first trailer of the racing movie “Rush”, set to premiere in September in European and U.S. cinemas. Directed by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, “Rush” tells the story of friendship and rivalry between Austrian Niki Lauda and Englishman James Hunt, two very different characters who fought one another for the Formula 1 world title – the former for Ferrari, the latter for McLaren. Starring Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda, the film follows the two characters as they fight for the 1976 championship. The screenplay, written by Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Queen”, Peter Morgan, follows the events surrounding Lauda’s terrifying crash during the German Grand Prix on the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit and the stunning comeback of the Austrian just two races later. It was a striking return because a big portion of Lauda’s face was burned in the fire and he lost both his eyelids. Also starring in the movie are Olivia Wilde – as Hunt’s wife Suzy Miller, and Alexandra Maria Lara as Lauda’s first wife Marlene Knaus. “Lauda and Hunt were rock stars of the race track: two absolute pros at the top of their game, in a time when sex was safe, driving was dangerous and all bets were off,” says Ron Howard, who also directed Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and Cocoon. “They were also complicated, fascinating men and born rivals. Rush will be as much about that personal rivalry as it will be about the thrill of the race.” If this statement hasn’t convinced you, maybe you’ll change your mind after watching the trailer below.By Dan Mihalascu