James Hunt was a sex-crazed playboy. Niki Lauda was nearly consumed in flames. They both raced in one of the most thrilling, dangerous eras in Formula One. Here is a look inside Rush, Ron Howard's upcoming film about their rivalry and motor racing in the ‘70s.

Much as people like to remember the 1970s as the decade that taste forgot, Rush looks like a damn sexy film, judging by the many pictures Ron Howard has been tweeting of retro grid girls pacing around vintage F1 cars.

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The story follows Austrian driver Niki Lauda, whose crash at the Nürburgring in 1976 nearly burnt him to death. Just six weeks and two races later, he was back on the track challenging for the world champion against his rival James Hunt. Daniel Brühl, from Inglourious Basterds and Goodbye, Lenin, will play him.

Hunt makes a perfect addition to the story, as he was pretty much the most drugged-out sex fiend to ever grace a race track, let alone win a Formula One world championship. He had a record of sleeping with 33 airline stewardesses in 14 days. Chris Hemsworth (the guy who plays Thor) will play him.

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Howard has tweeted dozens of pictures of little details, relishing the history, and likening Rush to making Apollo 13. He also seems to understand that with vintage F1 cars, you just need good shooting and editing to make things epic:

"Please no sucky digital effects" Cutting edge VFX team (& huge F1 fans) at Double Negative on Rush. Also MUCH cool in-cam racing planned

Rush will likely come out sometime next year, but Howard has no specific date set.

Click through the gallery for an inside view into making the film. Judging from these pictures Rush looks like it will be as good as Le Mans, Grand Prix, or Senna, only a whole lot sexier. Let's hope that when it comes out it lives up to our expectations.

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Here's Olivia Wilde, playing Suzy Miller, supermodel and Hunt's wife. Howard tweeted, "70s party animals heading to the "private jet". Fun scene"

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"I think the guys on the crew enjoyed today"

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"A few of today's moments very hectic so i didn't grab many pics"

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Here's Hemsworth in his McLaren, and Howard tweeted, "After lunch...a little racing :-)"

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"Another fun idea taken straight from our research. You can't make this stuff up"

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"As the day got long our "time keepers" and "driver's girlfriends" stayed cool and great"

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"My shot list by mid-morning. A productive day"

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The F1 cars of the era sound awesome and they slide all over the track, even with those huge rear tires. Certainly Rush won't be short on spectacle. This F1 racer is a Shadow, an Anglo-American car.

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"Sun is out. Good timing for a party scene in the Hesketh paddock area"

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"Very cold. But on screen it will be warm and sunny. Tough for on-camera talent"

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"End the day with a powerful scene between rivals Hunt and Lauda for Rush"

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"Wardrobe depart doing a great job at recapturing the spirit of the 70s F1 world"

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"Nice frame from our C Camera"

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"Tense pit stop sequence today. All hands on deck"

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"Remote camera on high speed vehicle for chasing and tracking fast moving subjects. In our case, F1 cars from 70s"

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Black camera car: B camera has a tough task chasing the F1s into and out of the pits.

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"For a project as visually ambitious as Rush, they actually need visual effects surveys"

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"But the scenes are going well despite light issues"

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"Lots and lots of 70s looks to check prior to rolling on each of the 30 or so set ups"

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"BTW tho I don't tweet acting moments this cast is doing great work w these characters & Peter Morgan's script. Exciting"

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"Vital part of Team Lotus"

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"Scenes with complexity and scope keep me up nights in planning but are rewarding on shooting day"

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"Colder today. Actors find ways to keep warm in between takes"

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"I heard today is 1st time our 2 Tyrell's have been together since the 70s"

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"And here's a popular one. Everyone on the crew took their picture with this bad boy"

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"Another amazing array of Formula One classics"

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"Setting one of over 25 camera positions today"

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"Detail work reminds me of Apollo 13 lucky to be supported by so many owners of Historic F1 cars"

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"1st day of detailed race scene work"

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"Moody 1st set up. Weather helped us out with this one"

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"Ist of 5 scenes today. A 1976 Trans Atlantic flight"

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"Ok. I obviously didn't take this one...but I am bending my rule and including it. A good day :-)"

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"Cool birthday cake for me after "wrap" :-) I wonder how many I've had on sets over the years?"

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"Grateful for great light all day today."

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