Ron Howard is eyeing Inglourious Basterds actor Daniel Brühl for the role of Niki Lauda in the James Hunt biopic Rush.

Rush will follow the story of English sports car racer James Hunt and his vicious on-track rivalry with Niki Lauda. In 1976. Niki Lauda crash his Ferrari, lost his ear, and fell into a coma while James Hunt walked away victorious from this German Grand Prix race, and eventually went onto take the World Driver's Championship away from his fallen competitor.

Chris Hemsworth is set to play James Hunt. Rush will shoot in Germany and the UK later in the year.