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NEED FOR SPEED Movie Set to be Action Packed

It doesn’t take long for the trailer of DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed to resemble a thrill ride. As Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul sits with determination in his car’s front seat, the steady vroom-ing of engines surrounds him. In a heartbeat, they’re off; an assortment of stylish sports cars race across a bridge, and through a city, all over a dramatic, operatic melody. It’s the perfect way to kick off the trailer to one of 2014’s most anticipated films, an adaptation of the beloved racing video game series by Electronic Arts.

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Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a determined street racer who was just released from prison for a wrongly convicted federal crime. Now he’s out for revenge, which involves racing from New York to Los Angeles. Unfortunately for Marshall, his ex-partner places a bounty on his head, just as the race begins. As Marshall starts the race, the film’s trailer shows his character as flowing with personality. “I do not fear, as you are with me,” Marshall says chillingly as the trailer shows he and potential love interest Julia, played by Imogen Poots, in an upper-scale party setting. It’s not all chit-chatting and romancing, though. Viewers then watch as Marshall evades police cars, army helicopters, blazing-fast competitors, and other obstacles throughout a heart-pulsing minute of excitement. It’s clear that Need for Speed won’t be short on action.

In addition to starring in the 2002 film Smashed, Paul’s role in Need for Speed is his first of the leading variety after playing the perpetually embattled Jesse Pinkman in the award-winning television series Breaking Bad, which was no stranger to engrossing characters familiar with drug detox programs. For Breaking Bad, he won two Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Need for Speed also co-stars Dominic Cooper as Dino Brewster, Michael Keaton as Monarch, Dakota Johnson as Anita, and hip-hop star Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi as Benny, a member of the racing crew. Mescudi premiered his acting chops on HBO’s How to Make It in America, and also features in the upcoming indie comedy Two Night Stand, starring Beau Flynn and Ruben Fleischer.

Directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) and written by John Gatins (Coach Carter, Flight) and George Nolfi (Ocean’s 12, The Adjustment Bureau), Need for Speed hits theaters on March 14th, 2014. Released under Disney’s Touchstone Pictures label, Need for Speed has cited influences ranging from ’70s car culture films to the video game franchise itself. Filming took place throughout the scenic routes of Alabama and Georgia throughout the spring, so one can expect plenty of beautiful shots and cinematography as well.

The popular video game series from Electronic Arts has finally come to life. The film adaptation of Need for Speed boasts the accomplished actors and writing team that such a rich series deserves. The trailer will easily amp up the excitement of any Need for Speed fan, or anyone appreciative of car-featured thrillers like Fast and the Furious and Drive.

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