• Aug 25, 2011
We know the feeling. You watch a great movie, and then you want more. That's how trilogies are born. Unfortunately, that won't be possible with Asif Kapadia's celebrated documentary Senna, but that doesn't mean we can't have some more racing flicks in the pipeline.

One of the most promising is a project undertaken by Ron Howard that will look at the legendary 1978 Formula One World Championship, in which Niki Lauda suffered a heavy, fiery crash at the Nürburgring only to come back and challenge James Hunt for the title.

Now we've received word on who will star under Howard's direction: Lauda will be played by Daniel Brühl (who you may recognize from Inglorious Basterds and The Bourne Ultimatum), while Chris Hemsworth (he of Thor fame, pictured above) will play Hunt. Romanian-German actress Alexandra Maria Lara will also star in the film that will (hopefully) make us forget all about Sly Stallone's Driven and challenge the likes of Grand Prix and Le Mans for space on the list of the best racing films of all time.


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      sdanenberger4
      • 3 Years Ago
      Year was 1976.............NOT 1978!!!!
      mrx19
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please, an authentic racing film for adults! No ridiculous computer graphics or speeded up video. Just a good story and good acting.
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please Ron, make this a real film and not some kiddie BS.
      Coyne
      • 3 Years Ago
      I liked driven. Not for the storyline, but the sounds of the Formula 1 cars racing was fantastic as well as a good soundtrack. One of the better soundtracks in an older movie.
      Scott Singer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Grand Prix is virtually unwatchable, anything other then car footage is poor story line and bad acting. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a better racing film then Grand Prix. LeMans is good but even that has sappy crappy `human story` elements. Hope Ron Howard can put together a good film, but am afraid that Hollywood films are made to a recipe and focus groups. Just the cars / hardware and clothing of the mid-seventies would be a cool film without the Lauda/crash, Hunt/std back story.
        Coyne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Scott Singer
        I feel like people didn't like LeMans because it did not dumb down the storyline and spell everything out for them. I don't know how it can be "sappy" when Steve McQueen had about 14 lines in that movie, and most of the situation was implied. It was refreshing to have a story that did not pander to the lowest common denominator of an audience. That said, Grand prix was fantastic if it was a silent film.
          Scott Singer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Coyne
          I respect your points. The sappy part of LeMans for me, the shared love interest, the antagonist has the accident. I did say that LeMans was good, the racing sequences filmed just for the movie, the REAL track footage and simply the period of time - Piech's Porsches and Forghieri's Ferrari's along with a SIMCA thrown probably never to be bettered.
      jstevens74
      • 3 Years Ago
      dont forget about Geoff Murphy's movie about a doomed race car drive....FREEJACK...Emilio esteves and mick Jagger....****
      José Manuel Birimiša
      it was 1976 not 1978
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