There are sports rivalries, then there are sports rivalries that are just begging to be adapted to the big screen. The one rivalry between racing legends James Hunt and Niki Lauda is not just a story about bitter rivals trying to be the first to cross the finish line, but also a story of how their competitiveness inspired each other to be better race car drivers.
Ron Howard‘s new film, Rush, will shine the light on the lives – on and off the track – of these two legendary race car drivers. Chris Hemsworth plays Hunt, while Daniel BrÃ¼hl plays his rival, Lauda. Olivia Wilde and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) also star.
Check out the first trailer for the film after the jump.
Howard definitely has a knack for creating these inspirational based on a true story kind of movies. It’s not hard to feel but inspired after watching this kind of trailer. Universal will release Rush into theaters on September 20th.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed “” handsome English playboy James Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda. Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, 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.