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Greatest F1 rivalry to hit big screen

Sydney, Sun, 15 Apr 2012 ANI

Sydney, Apr 15 (ANI): A new Formula One movie is set to be made, which will be based on one of the greatest rivalries of the sport.

Oscar winning director Ron Howard is currently filming a new big budget film based on the 1970s racing rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Called 'Rush', filming of the movie has been underway for months but recently shifted to the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

It was here that Lauda had his fiery, near fatal, accident while fighting Hunt for the 1976 world title.

The production had to re-create the horrific accident scene and footage from the set has leaked onto the internet.

The movie stars Australian Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and German Daniel Bruhl as Lauda. American Olivia Wilde also stars as Hunt's wife Suzie.

The film has been written by Peter Morgan who also scripted the acclaimed 'Frost/Nixon', 'The Queen' and 'The Last King of Scotland'.

As well as the leaked footage of the crash scene, reportedly taken from a nearby walking path, Howard has been posting images from throughout the film making process on his Twitter account.

They show the level of detail the crew has gone to recreating 1970s formula one. Several famous racing cars of the era have been sourced for the shoot including the Ferrari and BRM driven by Lauda, Hunt's McLaren and the six-wheeled Tyrrell.

The movie is set to be released next year. (ANI)

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