Rush to hit the big screen in September 2013

By on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ron Howard’s action-drama about the battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt for the 1976 Formula 1 world championship will be released in September next year. Rush is now in post-production after being shot on location over a three-month span in the U.K., Germany and Austria.

The film is expected to be a success not only due to its storyline, but also because of the impressive team behind it. Howard is a two-time Oscar winner for A Beautiful Mind (Best Director and Best Picture), and is also known for directing other Hollywood blockbusters such as Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code and Apollo 13. The screenplay was wrote by two-time Academy Award nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen). Rush is produced by Howard, Morgan, Andrew Eaton (A Mighty Heart), Academy Award winner Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), Eric Fellner (Senna, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and executive produced by Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Todd Hallowell and Tim Bevan. Universal Pictures will distribute the film in North America.

Rush is a potrayal of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula 1 season, when Lauda’s thrilling career nearly ended at the German Grand Prix in Nurburgring. On Lap 2 he inexplicably lost control of his Ferrari, slid off the track, hit an embankment and bounced back onto the track where two cars crashed into him. Lauda’s Ferrari burst into flames but fortunately he survived despite suffering smoke inhalation and serious burns to his head and face. The Austrian driver slipped into a coma but he recovered and returned to the cockpit after missing only two races. During Lauda’s absence James Hunt closed the gap to only 14 points in what was one of the most dramatic championship battles in Formula 1 history. The highlight of it came in the last race of the season at Japan's Fuji circuit. Due to torrential rain Lauda retired on Lap 2, thinking it was too dangerous to race, handing the title to his rival who finished third. Hunt only needed a fourth place finish to win the championship.

“Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed - handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.” - the storyline of Rush.

In Rush, James Hunt is played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Niki Lauda by Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds).

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