class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-103382″ title=”Alexandra Maria Lara” src=”×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”150″ />Alexandra Maria Lara (Downfall) has landed the lead female role in Rush, The Playlist have confirmed.

The rising actress will star opposite Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) in the racing film.

Written by acclaimed screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Last King of Scotland), Rush centers on Austrian Niki Lauda’s (Brühl) rivalry with English racer James Hunt (Hemsworth).

Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), whose ambitious The Dark Tower was recently delayed indefinitely by Universal, is attached to direct.

Filming is expected to begin early next year.