Saturday, 27 July 2013

"More powerful than even the fear of death itself, is the will to win."

Universal Pictures have released their latest one sheets and trailer for Ron Howard's (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) Formula 1 biopic, Rush, which charts the passionate, dangerous rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda back in 1976. 

Written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), Rush chronicles the real life high speed competition that played out between hotshot English wheel man Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian perfectionist Lauda (Daniel Brühl). While one is a dashing playboy with a wild social life, the other is a quieter but no less driven genius of the track. Their rivalry became legend both on and off the Grand Prix circuit as they pushed themselves ever further in the pursuit of victory and glory.

"Folks from the era are fond of saying of the 1970s F1 racing that it was a time when sex was safe and driving was dangerous. That’s the way they lived," explains Howard. "These folks aren’t forthcoming with a lot of details but there are a lot of winks and nods. I really did sort of fall in love with the sport. I love teams but yet the drivers are really unique talents and fascinating personalities, which is why I was involved in the story. Peter Morgan wrote these characters brilliantly and there’s great acting opportunities blended with this cool, visceral action."

Hardcore Formula 1 fans are sure to have a thousand trivial observations about the period piece, which naturally has to deal with the very real problems of shooting the races in a cinematic fashion without relying too heavily on CGI. The general feel, however, is a positive one, and with Howard returning to Academy Award® winning territory, this could be one to look out for come awards season.

Co-starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens), Natalie Dormer (Game Of Thrones) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader), Rush screeches onto our screens on 13 September.

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