Dust off your Playstation! Dreamworks picks up Need for Speed.
Greetings, nerds! Lady Lumos here, finally emerging from the evil lair with tidings of movie news. I don’t know about you, but I have fond memories of the original Playstation. You know, the big, clunky gray thing that weighed about 50 pounds, on which you played favorites such as Crash Bandicoot? Well, maybe my memory is a bit warped by the fact that I was a 7 year old girl when the console came out. Ah, the 90’s. One of my most frequently rented games from the local Super Video (along with Ecco the Dolphin…don’t lie, that blue whale haunted your dreams, too), was “The Need for Speed.” Which later became “Need for Speed,” making the title much easier to remember, in my opinion. The best part about this racing game, to my pre-tween self, was that the police would actually chase you and give you tickets. Exciting!
Hopefully the new Dreamworks movie will be equally exciting. Follow the cut for more details!
According to gamezone.com, the Dreamworks adaptation of the “Need for Speed” video games is scheduled for a 2014 release, and stars two-time Emmy winner, Aaron Paul. You may know him as everyone’s favorite meth cook, Jesse Pinkman, on AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” This is Aaron’s first leading role in a big budget movie (his indie flick “Smashed” just premiered at Sundance and I’m dying to get my hands on it).
Aaron is a superb young actor–his work on “Breaking Bad” makes me cry on a daily basis, but then again I am painfully susceptible to his baby blues. The fact that he has managed to make the word “bitch” endearing is proof enough of his acting chops. By the way, if you don’t follow his Twitter feed (@aaronpaul_8), I pity your existence. For those of you concerned about his geek-cred (there’s a lot of science in Breaking Bad, shut up), Aaron had a role in the 2002 live-action Batman spinoff series “Birds of Prey.”
As for a “Need for Speed” movie, I remain cautiously optimistic. I was never a big fan of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, and the premise of “Need for Speed” may be similar, although hopefully less douchey. No other casting choices have been released yet, but I will keep my eyes out for more news on the film. I would love to see this movie launch Aaron Paul into geek-movie-stardom. Who knows, maybe he can play a Star Trek villain next (it worked for Benedict Cumberbatch!).
I do think Aaron’s role in “Need for Speed” begs the question: will the movie feature a head-to-head mode where he races Heisenberg? Only time will tell.
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