Set in 1976 and based on a true story, the movie stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as James Hunt, a British playboy/superstar Formula 1 driver, and Austrian newcomer Daniel Brühl as his rival, Niki Lauda, a no-nonsense, get it done racer. Travers has high praise for both actors’ performances, but he was especially impressed by the film’s script, written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon).
“Ron Howard is kind of working indie,” Travers says. “He’s out of the studio system, he’s working fast, furious and cheap – but it’s nothing like Fast and the Furious, because you believe the racing that you’re seeing.”
Despite its tiny budget, Travers adds that the film looks alive and vibrant, and lauds everything from the performances to the racing sequences. “Drive your way to Rush,” he encourages, as he hops behind his trusty green-screen car. “Because it’s opening the fall season, it’s a surprise and it goes ‘vrooom!’”