Today the third trailer for Ron Howard’s upcoming Formula-1 historical dramatization Rush hit, and much like the second one did after the first, this new look at the rivalry between legendary drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) looks at the story from an entirely new angle and sets an entirely different tone. The first time around Rush got sold to us as a dramatic period piece about a legendary rivalry that took place in a dangerous world. The kind of thing that would be right at home during awards season. The second look at the film made it seem much more like a popcorn movie, as the focus was on flash, speed, sex appeal, and explosions.
This time around the focus seems to be put much more firmly on Hemsworth. Not only do we get introduced to his character by having him painted as being a ladies man and a charismatic superstar (we even get to watch him seduce Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer), but then the trailer takes a turn and zeros in on the character arc that he goes through over the course of the film. Gone is the equal rivalry of the first trailer, and in its place is the question of whether Hunt—our apparent protagonist—can rise to the occasion of beating the untouchable racer that is Brühl.
Whether that’s an accurate interpretation of the end product here or just a shrewd means of drawing in fans of Thor remains to be seen, but what’s clear is that every version we’ve gotten of this film so far has looked like a worthwhile watch in its own right anyway. Click through to check out the latest take.
Whether you’re a racing fan or not, that’s got to be the most interesting looking movie that Ron Howard has come out with in a long time. But which version of this film are we really going to get when it finally hits theaters? The prestige biopic? The sexy action movie? The Chris Hemsworth starring vehicle? Personally, I’m hoping for that second one that was all about closeups of jiggling butts and popping champaign corks.
We’ll have to wait until September 20 to find out for sure though, because that’s when the finished product is finally scheduled to hit theaters.