Ron Howard Starts Filming Racing Drama RUSH This Weekend

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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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  • deniropacino

    plus a team-up with Peter Morgan again. and they made a great film together. it may be forgotten, but Frost/Nixon is a great film. it’s just that, it doesn’t have that kind of uniqueness in it to stay on people’s radar.

    i’m looking forward to this.

  • News Hit

    By the description of the story, I am confused why Hunt is the lead character: “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.” It seems as if Lauda should be the main character.

    • JJ

      The story is really about the 1976 Formula 1 season as a whole; a season that came down to James Hunt winning the championship by just 1 point over Niki Lauda. Hunt was a witty and charismatic playboy who drove for McLaren, while Lauda was more serious minded, and focused, driving for Ferrari. Aside from the spectacular recovery of and return of Lauda after his near fatal crash, the season was full of controversy, and politics, the debut of the 6-wheeled Tyrrell, a win for the American Penske team . . . and actor, Richard Burton, managed to make off with Hunt’s wife along the way! I’m probably not doing the story much justice, but it was a drama filled season that really helped to raise the profile of the sport (especially in the U.S.).

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