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Dreamworks has released two official images from “Act of Valor” director Scott Waugh’s live-action adaptation of the “Need for Speed” game. I’m guessing the only thing this movie will have in common with the games are criminals, cars, and criminals driving cars that go really fast. Basically, “Fast and Furious”. But hey, it’s worked for seven movies, so why not?
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.
The film stars “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul, along with Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Dakota Johnson, and someone name Kid Cudi. That’s either someone’s name, or a skin condition.
Speeding into theaters nationwide next year, March 14, 2014.
No trailer yet, but here’s an earlier on-set preview of the movie released earlier: