Here’s your “Speed Racer” movie update. Warner Brothers has released the official synopsis for the movie (via):
Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized””the legendary Rex Racer””whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill.
Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer (John Goodman), the designer of Speed’s thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company’s maniacal owner (Roger Allam) but uncovers a terrible secret””some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won’t drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line.
The only way for Speed to save his family’s business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at its own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed teams with his one-time rival””the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox)””to win the race that had taken his brother’s life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.
Yeah, sounds like a real action packed Summer event film. That is, if you’re 5-years old and like watching CGI cars racing around. Sounds totally frakkin’ boring if you ask me. But then again, no one asked me, so — big shrug.
Also according to Sci Fi Wire, South Korean pop star Rain Bi appears to have been confirmed as joining the cast of “Speed Racer”. The last we heard, he was in negotiations to join.
The film also stars Oscar winner Susan Sarandon as Mom Racer. Rounding out the main cast are Australian actor Kick Gurry as Sparky, Paulie Litt as Sprittle and Asian music star Ji Hoon Jung (popularly known as Rain), who makes his major feature film debut as a rival driver.