- Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer, Pierfrancesco Favino, Alexandra Maria Lara , Patrick Baladi, Joséphine de La Baume, Christian McKay, Alistair Petrie, Alessandro De Marco, Hans-Eckart Eckhardt, Jamie de Courcey, Ilario Calvo, Andy Joy, Jay Simpson, James Norton, Colin Stinton, Zack Eisaku Niizato, Raffaello Degruttola, Cristian Solimeno, Kristofer Dayne, Antti Hakala, Butchy Davy, Tom Wlaschiha, Akira Koieyama, Cris Penfold, Robert Christopher Austin, Vanessa Zachos, Polly Furnival , Luca Zizzari, Rain Elwood, Julian Seager
- Director: Ron Howard
- Writer: Peter Morgan
- Producers: Andrew Eaton, Eric Fellner, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Brian Oliver
- Co Producers: Jim Hajicosta, Daniel Hetzer, Jens Meurer, Kay Niessen, Anita Overland
- Associate Producer: Gernot Schaffler
- Executive Producers: Tobin Armbrust, Todd Hallowell, Tyler Thompson, Raj Brinder Singh
- Art Direction: Patrick Rolfe
- Casting: Nina Gold
- Costume Design: Julian Day
- D.O.P.: Anthony Dod Mantle
- Editors: Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
- Makeup: Sharon O'Brien
- Music: Hans Zimmer
- Production Design: Mark Digby
- Set Decoration: Michelle Day
The epic action-thriller stars Chris Hemsworth as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl 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, glamorous and spectacular 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 James Hunt (Hemsworth) and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda (Bruhl).
Following 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: England, UK; Westphalia, Germany
- MPAA Warning: Sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use
- Production Budget: $38 million
- Production Companies: Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group, Imagine Entertainment, Revolution Films, Working Title Films, Egoli Tossell Film, Action Concept Film- und Stuntproduktion, Merced Media Partners
- Production Schedule: September 10th 2011 - January 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "Chris Hemsworth gets naked and engages in plenty of wild on-screen sex. Sure, this is a serious drama about a professional racing rivalry, but that recently revealed factoid by a producer about the Aussie "Thor" hunk getting his kit off will likely sell more tickets to this new Ron Howard film than the actual story itself. It will certainly do more to bring in two demographics (women, gay men) who often don't express interest in the world of Formula One racing.
Luckily this $38 million film boasts a script by the great Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon," "The Queen") and deals with a topic fascinating enough on its own - the rivalry between drivers James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in the mid-1970s, a period often described as the golden age of the sport.
Both drivers also couldn't be more different - the reserved and methodical Austrian Lauda vs. the privileged, charismatic and handsome English playboy Hunt. The film itself follows their personal lives both on and off the track and charts the rivalry from its inception, through to the 1976 fiery crash in which Lauda nearly died. He returned to the track just six weeks later to race Hunt.
Howard has shown a deft skill with crafting biopics in the past, and I expect the same touch here considering the subject matter and solid pedigree both in front of and behind the camera. Shot in many of the real life locations where this rivalry unfolded, this should be one of the highlights of the early Fall season - even for non-fans of the sport."