Chris Hemsworth lost significant amount of muscle mass for his role in RUSH, so he doesn’t look like the norse god of thunder in this one, folks! Comingsoon has these photos from the set of director Ron Howard‘s formula 1 race drama, RUSH..
RUSH starring Daniel Brühl as Austrian racer Niki Lauda in the formula one racing movie, RUSH, to be directed by Ron Howard, starring Chris Hemsworth as Niki’s rival, James Hunt…
Scripted by the great scribe Peter Morgan who penned Frost/Nixon, directed by Howard.
Financed by Cross Creek Pictures (Black Swan), the story is about the Austrian 3-time F1 champion, Niki Lauda, who almost died in a crash in 1976 but he came back 6 weeks later with still burns on his face and head, determined to pursue his rivalry with driver James Hunt
Olivia Wilde is set to play 1970s supermodel Suzy Miller who fell in love and married Hunt. But Miller eventually fell in love with Hunt’s actor pal, Richard Burton.
Here’s what’s interesting, Hunt and Burton negotiated what they called “transfer” of assets with Burton paying $1 Million divorce settlement that Hunt owed Miller. And then Burton and Miller got married. O the dramas..
Word has it Howard wants his A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man star Russell Croweto play the small role of Burton, but Crowe’s involvement is not yet confirmed
Here’s RUSH official plot synopsis..
Set against the 1970′s golden age of Formula 1 racing, “Rush” portrays the fast-paced and exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivalries the sport has ever witnessed – that of James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Brühl) and their illustrious Formula 1 racing teams, McLaren and Ferrari. A privileged, charismatic and handsome English playboy, Hunt could not be more different from his reserved and methodical opponent, Austrian born Lauda. “Rush” follows their personal lives both on and off the track and charts their rivalry from its inception in Formula 3. Here they competed viciously against each other until Lauda’s business acumen and surgeon like precision behind the wheel propelled him all the way to Formula 1; eventually landing him the number one spot at Ferrari. However it was not long before rambunctious golden boy Hunt fought his way into Formula 1, and into the hearts of a nation, dramatically seizing the championship from Lauda and proving to the critics, and more importantly himself, that there was real substance beneath the stylish exterior.