Filming for Rush is well underway

After we’ve been treated to to the outstanding SENNA documentary last year, motorsport films could be set to become a new craze, with filming for Ron Howard’s film Rush getting underway at the Nürburgring Nordscleife circuit.

The Academy Award-winning director is behind Rush, which will chronicle the 1976 World Championship showdown between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, during which Lauda suffered horrific burns in his fiery crash at the daunting German track.

Howard and his crew have been filming at the Eifel circuit, using cars from that period, including a McLaren M23, Surtees TS19 and a pair of March 761s.

The principal stars have been cast, with Australian actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Star Trek) to play Hunt, while Spanish-born actor Daniel Brühl (Inglorious Basterds) will play Lauda.

Check out the gallery below (clicking on the thumbnails for larger sizes) for some of the best pictures:

Surtees TS19 The cars at speed
Action March 761

[Images via PISTONSPY]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.