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It goes almost without saying that the vehicular stunts in this weekend’s Fast & Furious 6, as fun as they are to watch, bear no resemblance to reality whatsoever. For audiences that like their car action a little more plausible, however, can look forward to Ron Howard‘s Rush.

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl lead the fact-based drama about the epic rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The new trailer eschews the inspirational angle from the previous domestic promo in favor of more philsophizing about the looming shadow of death. Watch it after the jump.

The emphasis on racing’s death wish factor suggests there’s something a little twisted about the men that choose to participate in it. That’s a much darker, more intriguing take on sportsmanship than we usually get from these athletic biopics. Hopefully the movie itself plays that up, instead of burying it under the usual uplifting pablum.

Rush opens September 20.

Two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award® nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) 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 and glamorous 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 Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into 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.

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