Rush, a new movie from Apollo 13 director Ron Howard slated to come out in 2013, might be the best racing movie since the 1971 Steve McQueen classic Le Mans, and rumors are swirling that 2008 Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton may have a role in the film.

In the lead-up to the movie, though, Howard has released some absolutely beautiful documentary photography from the production at the Nürburgring. Howard has been periodically releasing photos of the production on his Twitter account, and they provide a gorgeous rendering of both classic race cars and modern filmmaking. The cars used in the film are actual Formula 1 cars from the 1970s.

The new movie will follow the famous rivalry between Formula 1 drivers Niki Lauda and James hunt. Rush will focus on Lauda's life threatening 1976 crash during the German Grand Prix and his improbable return to racing a mere six weeks later.

The movie will star Daniel Brühl (Inglorious Basterds) as Lauda, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as Hunt and Olivia Wilde as Suzy Miller, Hunt's supermodel wife.

Former Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton consulted with Howard early in the production of the film and impressed the director so much that Howard has said that there is a role for Hamilton if he wants it, The Sun reported.

The budget for Rush is estimated at $65 million by IMDB.

Click through the slideshow for Howard's pictures and accompanying tweets. A documentary clip about Lauda's crash is below.