First Look: Chris Hemsworth On The Set Of Ron Howard's 'Rush'

NO PHOTOSRush seems like a pretty good idea for Ron Howard: a character-oriented true story with a sports/action appeal thanks to the fact that the tale is centered in the world of Formula 1 racing.

Rush follows the rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) as they compete in a series of races through the '70s, representing Ferrari and McLaren. Olivia Wilde and Christian McKay (Me and Orson Welles) have supporting roles, and Anthony Dod Mantle is shooting the film, after doing a lot of work to create customized camera mounts to capture the racing action.

On-set photos have surfaced showing Chris Hemsworth suited up for one race. The header pic compares him with a real image of James Hunt, and you can see more pics below.

Here's a set of photos via CelebBuzz, and Ron Howard's Twitter feed.

Set against the 1970's golden age of Formula 1 racing, "Rush" portrays the fast-paced and exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivalries the sport has ever witnessed – that of James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and their illustrious Formula 1 racing teams, McLaren and Ferrari. A privileged, charismatic and handsome English playboy, Hunt could not be more different from his reserved and methodical opponent, Austrian born Lauda. "Rush" follows their personal lives both on and off the track and charts their rivalry from its inception in Formula 3. Here they competed viciously against each other until Lauda's business acumen and surgeon like precision behind the wheel propelled him all the way to Formula 1; eventually landing him the number one spot at Ferrari. However it was not long before rambunctious golden boy Hunt fought his way into Formula 1, and into the hearts of a nation, dramatically seizing the championship from Lauda and proving to the critics, and more importantly himself, that there was real substance beneath the stylish exterior.