How do you manage to get people who normally couldn't care less about racing interested in a Formula One movie? You cast Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl as dueling drivers, of course! Based on the true rivalry between racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Ron Howard's 'Rush' is shaping up to be one of the most interesting releases coming this Fall and the newest trailer only has us more interested.
The 'Rush' trailer shows off the greatest strength and the greatest weakness of director Ron Howard: there is no such thing as a Ron Howard movie. He's a chameleon, able to effortlessly jump from genre to genre without a hitch in his step...but he also has no distinctive personal style, making his work dependent entirely on the people he works with.
Thankfully, this looks like a case where he's assembled the right cast and the right crew. Hemsworth and Bruhl are captivating performers and Peter Morgan is one helluva screenwriter. Of course, the trailer is also filled with some pretty impressive looking racing, making this the "prestige" answer to 'Fast and Furious 6.'
For those unfamiliar with the Hunt/Bruhl rivalry, here's the official synopsis:
The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives. Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, 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. If you make one mistake, you die.
'Rush' hits theaters on September 20, positioning itself as an early awards contender. Let's just see how the finished film looks.