Formula One racing, Ron Howard directing equals Rush

Michael James

For the second time in four years, the famed and controversial Formula One race car circuit will provide the subject matter for a major motion picture. This time it will be called Rush.

In 2010, it was Senna, the documentary on Brazilian race car driver Ayrton Senna nominated for an Academy Award. Rush is the theatrical portrayal of Niki Lauda and rival James Hunt.

For months, Rush, directed by Ron Howard, the two-time Oscar winner for Best Director, the movie has been promoted on social media via YouTube, Twitter Facebook, among other outlets. More recently, network television commercials about Rush are airing with more frequency.

Everyone is driven by something in Rush
Everyone is driven by something in Rush

Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth, is the handsome English playboy. Lauda, portrayed by Daniel Brühl, is methodical and brilliant.

The movie’s premise? After a catastrophic crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring that could have killed him, Formula One driver Niki Lauda returns to face Hunt in their pursuit of the 1976 World Championship at Fuji in Japan.

Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, 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.

Howard won his best directing Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind and Frost/Nixon). In Rush, he teams gain with fellow two-time Academy Award nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen).

Filmed on location in the U.K., Germany and Austria, Rush will debut in theaters in the United Sates on Sept. 27. It will make its overall debut about two weeks earlier at the Toronto Film Festival.


To read more about Rush or to legally stream it, visit: www.rushmovie.com.

Article Last Updated: November 25, 2019.

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