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Watch: Superb First Featurette for Ron Howard's 'Rush' Formula 1 Film

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May 28, 2012
Source: RopeofSilicon

Ron Howard's Rush

"It's great characters in a world... a sport that's so dramatic." The 70th Monaco Grand Prix just took place and perfectly timed with that, the BBC has released a video featurette with a first look at Ron Howard's new F1 film Rush. We've been hearing about casting, and it's already shooting around the world now. The film focuses on the rivalry between drivers Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth). For those that aren't inherently familiar with Formula 1 racing and this rivalry, the featurette does a superb job of recapping the history, and gives us a tease at the intensity and drama in this.

Watch the first behind-the-scenes featurette for Ron Howard's Rush, originally found by RopeofSilicon:

Ron Howard's new movie Rush, from a screenplay written by Peter Morgan (The Last King of Scotland, The Queen, Frost/Nixon, Hereafter), is a biography about Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. 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 also includes Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer, Alexandra Maria Lara and Christian McKay. No official release date has been set for Howard's Rush, but we'll definitely keep you updated on this - it looks like it could turn out pretty damn good. Thoughts?

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  • Loser
    Cool
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Main Problem with Howard's Work is Tenssile for me, his work have Long time for me. Some was very boring. He has powerful vision but not in Action Genre. Davinci Code was weak to me (angels & demons was much better). I think he can show some skills in Drama A Beautiful Mind was slow and a little boring but totally satisfing. Chrise & Olivia is only good thing in this movie for me i think. Howard must give fast paced to his movies in beside of storytelling and plot development. He let down "Dark Tower" and come for "Rush". I think this was really bad decision.Answer hidden in name of movie even. Because a "Slow"director cant direct a good "Rush"movie.
    • Max Renn
      Backdraft, Apollo 13 and Ransom all had some good fast pacing. And I don't think this is essentially just an action movie.
  • WB Exec
    Sounds like Driven 2. I want to see Driven 2
    • Kyle Robinson
      Hey how about you refund us for The Green Lantern debacle. Clean up the mess at DC. Make a Justice League film as fun as the Avengers. And then talk about Driven 2.
    • http://twitter.com/r_dowdy richard dowdy
      If you want to see "Driven 2" you are a wanker.
  • http://twitter.com/davesizzle David Sisler
    I am really looking forward to this
  • dubdub
    I’m pretty amped for this film but then I’m also slightly nervous.  I want them to get it right so everyone can see how cool F1 is.  Especially this story. Will be pretty cool to see the old cars going for it at least, and all the old suits!  
    • Scopedog
      Hopefully they will.  I mean, it looks like they're going the extra mile to make sure of that.  I'm more of a casual observer of F1, so I'd never heard of the rivalry between Lauda and Hunt.  I gotta admit that this featurette has sparked my interest, so I'm definitely going to look into this. And I agree with you about how cool it will be to see the "period" cars and outfits!
  • OddJob 69
    All the previous comments posted suggest to me that none of you have a clue about Formula 1, motor racing or it's heritage. I hope that this film will retain the purity of Senna (the movie) and above all else celebrate the life of James Hunt and Nikki Lauda. If you were fortunate to have been alive at the time, as I was, and witnessed both on circuit and the BBC's feable coverage of the season you would appreciate why this is such a compelling story.
  • Walrus909
    Odd Jod, looks like we're the only F1 fans on this thread. If the film is failure, to the  non fans, I'm sure it will be beat the coverage we saw way back then and old cars are fun, after all
  • Rdcracer
    I heard about this from the interview at Monaco before the race. One of the first movies I saw as a kid was Grand Prix and I hpe he makes this movie in that spirit,
  • Gotcha22
    The 70's had some of the most innovative cars and they all don't look the same as they do today. I'm crossing my fingers for this film. After Senna and this I hope someone does a Gilles Villeneuve film.
  • Nanco2112
    I was lucky enough to be involved with F1 back in 1976. I went to Watkins Glen and Mosport Canada every year from 1970 to 1980 so I remember those years very well.  I met James Hunt and Niki Lauda many times. I loved James Hunt like many of the ladies.  I wonder if they will get all the details in there...like James Hunt always wore patches on hs driving suit like"Sex is the Breakfast of Champions"! . Things like that I.  I am really looking forward to this movie!!
  • Marleneemm
    One of my very favourite films is John Frankenheimer's "Grand Prix". It is one of the best films about the world of Fourmla One racing. It followed the drivers through a full season of races and around the tracks of Monza,Italy,Belgium,Japan,Watkin's Glen,The French Grand Prix, Monoco,English Grand Prix, and it showed the lives of the drivers both on and off the track. Besides the actors James Garner,yves Montand, Antonio Sabato Sr.,Brian Bedford, there were professional drivers Graham Hill, Phil Hill, and others in the film. I'm going to be looking foward to this film and I'm going to see it.
  • Roy Tyzack
    I' really looking forward to this. I'm a Formula 1 fan but on top of that, my old caravan is in the film, lurking somewhere in the background, purchased specially for the film buy the props buyers ! The depictions of both drivers look good and well casted and attention to detail should result in a great watch.
  • Abarth1959
    My hat if off to Ron Howard. Real racing films are box office poison. This must be a personal film for Ron Howard on some level as the commercial success is anything but assured. Formula 1 in the 1970s was as raw, passionate and dangerous as most illegal professions at the time. The drivers were closet "rock stars" well aware that the next race may be their last. The last true heros of motorsport cut their teeth in that final dangerous decade of the 1970's.

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