Ron Howard Starts Filming Racing Drama RUSH This Weekend

     September 6, 2011

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It looks like the sudden stoppage on The Dark Tower hasn’t gotten Ron Howard down too much. He moved right along to pre-production on the Formula One racing drama Rush, and now he’s set to shoot some scenes for the flick this weekend at Nurburgring Race Track in Germany. The film centers on the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda and British driver James Hunt, with Inglorious Basterds star Daniel Brühl playing Lauda and Chris Hemworth taking on the role of Hunt.

Principal photography on the film doesn’t officially get underway until later this year, after Hemsworth has wrapped on The Avengers and Snow White and the Huntsman, but Howard is taking advantage of a race at Nurburgring this weekend to get some key shots. Hit the jump for more, including the significance of the track to the film.

niki-lauda-01Nurburgring plays a pivotal role in Rush, as Lauda famously lobbied against racing there because of safety concerns, only to be overruled by the other drivers. During the German Grand Prix at the track, Lauda suffered a fiery crash and had to be pulled from his car by three other drivers. Deadline reports that they won’t film the crash this weekend, but they’re taking advantage of the opportunity to get some shots of it in full force.

Rush was written by Peter Morgan (The Queen), and I have to say I’m quite intrigued to see Howard back behind the camera on a film that skews more toward drama than weird Tom Hanks hair and art mystery.

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