Check out this great featurette for Rush, Ron Howard’s new drama that tells the story of Austrian Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to challenge his British rival, James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth).
Check out the official synopsis and two character posters underneath the video.
Official Synopsis for Rush:
From Academy Award winning director Ron Howard, set against the golden age of Formula 1 racing, RUSH portrays the fast paced, action packed and exhilarating true story of one of the greatest rivals the sport has ever witnessed – James Hunt versus Niki Lauda, and their illustrious Formula 1 racing teams, McLaren versus Ferrari.
Privileged, charismatic and handsome English playboy, James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) could not be more different from his reserved and methodical opponent, Austrian born Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). RUSH follows their checkered personal lives both on and off the track and charts their rivalry from its inception in Formula 3. Here they competed viciously against each other until Lauda’s superior business acumen and surgeon like precision behind the wheel propelled him all the way to Formula 1; eventually landing him the number one spot at Ferrari. However it was not long before unruly golden boy James Hunt fought his way into Formula 1, and into the hearts of a nation, dramatically seizing the world championship from Lauda and proving to the critics, and more importantly himself, that there was real substance beneath his stylish exterior. Polar opposites pitted against each other in the most dangerous sport in the world, Hunt and Lauda were pushed to the breaking point of their physical and psychological endurance.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.
Written by Peter Morgan, writer of The Last King Of Scotland, Frost/Nixon and The Queen.
ETA: USA – 27 September, 2013. AUS – 3 October, 2013.