James Hunt in his McLaren at the inaugural Grand Prix of Japan in 1976. Hunt finished 3rd in the season-ending race on the Fuji Speedway, overtaking Niki Lauda to win the World Championship.
Just the Facts:
- A-list director Ron Howard is making Rush, a film about the F1 rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt in the 1970s.
- A-list writer Peter Morgan has penned the script.
- Rising stars Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth will star.
- Filming starts in February, with a release planned for the end of 2012.
The film will chronicle the competition between legendary drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt, with Daniel Bruhl of Inglourious Basterds playing Lauda and Thor's Chris Hemsworth portraying Hunt. The script is by Peter Morgan, the Brit who also wrote 2006's brilliant The Queen and Howard's own underappreciated Frost/Nixon.
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