Based on Electronic Arts best-selling game franchise, Need For Speed has sold over 140 million copies worldwide and now Dreamworks are hoping to launch a big screen series to rival The Fast and the Furious.
Starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper (Captain America), two brand new images for the forthcoming action-packed film have been released which you can check out below. Giving us our first glimpse of Cooper’s former NASCAR racer Dino Brewster who sets up Aaron Paul’s character for a crime he didn’t commit. Also starring Dakota Johnson (pictured) who recently caused a stir when she was cast in the 50 Shades of Grey movie.
Here’s the official synopsis for the Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) directed movie.
“The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time—one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul)—who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side—reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter.
Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino in the high-stakes De Leon race—the Super Bowl of underground racing. To get there in time, Tobey must run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet, dodging cops coast-to-coast and dealing with fallout from a dangerous bounty Dino put on his car. With his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia as allies, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.”
Movies based on video games haven’t had a great track record, the barometer for quality in this genre swings wildly from watchable with Doom, at least two of the Resident Evils, the first Mortal Kombat and at a push the first Silent Hill. At the other end of the scale Street Fighter, Silent Hill Revelations, Double Dragon, Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead and Super Mario Bros are just a few of the truly terrible movies based on video games.
Thankfully there’s no alien worlds, zombies or supernatural forces to introduce and Need For Speed is the unchallenged biggest racing game franchise of all time. Add to that a dynamite cast and nitro infused street racing, the Fast and Furious has some serious competition approaching in the read view mirror.
Need For Speed will be racing our way March 14 2014.