The international trailer for Oscar-winning director Ron Howard’s Formula One racing biopic Rush has made its way online. The film stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl star as rival racers and real-life friends James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Ron Howard shot the film last spring and is releasing the film this September for potential awards contention. Check out the trailer below:
It’s been reported that the film will primarily focus on the rivalry between Hunt and Lauda on the track. In the year 1976, Lauda nearly lost his life when he lost control of the Ferrari he was driving during the German Grand Prix that year. Only six weeks after the near fatal crash, Lauda was back behind the wheel and continued his rivalry with James Hunt as they raced their way to the championship race. According to Deadline, Olivia Wilde appears in the film as Hunt’s wife Suzy Miller and Alexandra Maria Lara portrays Lauda’s first wife Marlene Knaus.
The film, written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Peter Morgan, chronicles the story of two racers who were “rock stars of the race track”, according to director Ron Howard. It’ll be interesting to see Chris Hemsworth portraying the wild-living racer James Hunt. It’s been reported that Hunt had slept with over 500 women in his lifetime and would often take drugs and sleep with women minutes before making his way to the racetrack for a race. Daniel Bruhl, who was last seen by American audiences in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, will have the task of portraying Lauda before and after the crash.
Rush is set to race into theaters on September 20th, 2013. It’s wise to predict that the film will make its world premiere at one of the prestigious film festivals in the fall. What do you think of the trailer? Do you think this film could potentially be an awards contender?