The director and actor discuss what it took to bring driving legends James Hunt and Niki Lauda to life. Howard calls Bruhl "courageous" for portraying Lauda, whom he calls "as iconic as anyone" where the actor grew up. "It is not unlike tackling Ali."
Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl star as racing legends James Hunt and Niki Lauda in Ron Howard's Formula 1 movie. The movie from Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures is set to be released on September 27.
The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth 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.