Chris Hemsworth Trades Thor's Hammer for Racing Suit

Chris Hemsworth Trades Thor's Hammer for Racing Suit

Jul 12, 2011

Thor star Chris Hemsworth is a busy guy, appearing as the huntsman who consoles Kristen Stewart's Snow White, and slipping back into his Nordic duds while Joss Whedon's The Avengers is currently filming and Hollywood searches for a new Thor director for part two. According to Deadline he can add the Ron Howard-directed biopic Rush to his list of upcoming titles, where he'll be playing British Formula One racing champ James Hunt.

The Queen and Frost/Nixon screenwriter Peter Morgan will draft the script, which puts Hunt's 1970's rivalry with fellow racer Niki Lauda in the spotlight. Hunt had 93 races under his belt before retiring in 1979. He won the Formula One World Championship in 1976 by only one point. That year, Lauda's Ferrari crashed and burned while he was trapped inside the vehicle causing Hunt's competitor to lapse into a coma. His absence gave Hunt a leg up in the competition and became a point of contention between the two men.

Hopefully Ron Howard is done having a Dan Brown love affair and can inject a zippier sensibility into the racing tale. Or he could just make The Dark Tower adaptation actually happen. Check out this video of Hunt after winning the 1976 British Grand Prix. The best part is when he asks for a cigarette.



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