Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, the two-time Emmy winner has signed on as the lead in DreamWorks’ upcoming feature film Need For Speed.

Need For Speed movie is inspired by the hit Electronic Arts video game series (but not on an individual game), the racing film will be directed by Scott Waugh, who made this year’s Navy SEALs rescue drama ‘Act of Valor’.

According to the press release, relevant snippets from the press release as follows:

Need For Speed is one of the most action-packed entertainment experiences you can find,” said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, Electronic Arts. “The newest game, ‘Need For Speed: Most Wanted’ and the upcoming film take the action to all new heights. Like the game series itself, the cast for the movie needs to be edgy and cool. Aaron Paul is a rising star — a great choice for the film lead. We’re looking forward to announcing the rest of the actors that will bring this racing franchise to the big screen.”

“The film adaptation will be a fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise. In “Need For Speed,” the cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story keeps players at the edge of their seat.”

Need For Speed” is one of the biggest and most successful franchises in the video game industry, having sold more than 150 million units worldwide and generating an estimated $US4 billion in revenue. The next blockbuster release in the series is “Need For Speed: Most Wanted” – the most socially-connected game of this generation, launching October 30, 2012.”

Filming for Need For Speed is scheduled to being early next year for a February 7, 2014 release.


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