After nearly two years of production and live footage of the 1976 season F1 cars racing on various tracks including the Nurburgring, Ron Howard has finally revealed the first trailer for his next film, Rush.
Based on the true story of the 1976 F1 racing season, the adrenaline-filled film stars Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt, the cocky upstart British racer (and, later, commentator) and Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda, the established Austrian champion.
We’ve been following this film since we spied the production team filming on the Nordschleife in Germany. After nearly 2 years, we now get to watch some actual finished footage and it looks outstanding.
Rush: is a biography about Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash during the first lap of the 1976 German Grand Prix, Niki Lauda’s Ferrari 312B2 spun and hit an embankment off the side of the track.
His helmet became dislodged form the impact, and the car fuel tank ruptured.
The car was then hit by another, and it caught fire. Niki Lauda escaped with his life thanks to the combined actions of fellow drivers Arturo Merzario, Guy Edwards, Brett Lunger and Harald Ertl rather than by the ill-equipped track marshals.
At the time, safety vehicles took about 10 minutes to reach the driver, since the accident occurred several miles along the circuit.
Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to challenge his rival, James Hunt. The movie is set in the 1970s and follows the on-and-off track lives of Hunt and Lauda and their racing teams of McLaren and Ferrari.
The cast includes Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer, Alexandra Maria Lara and Christian McKay. Universal will release Rush in theaters starting September 20th this year.