Up until just a few months ago, you might have questioned how well a Need for Speed movie would work. But when the first trailer hit, very much earning its place as one of our top 25 trailers of 2013, I think it went a long way to persuade people this was going to be something worth watching.
Aaron Paul makes his anticipated return to feature territory following the conclusion of Breaking Bad last year. And in this new featurette for the blockbuster adaptation, via Yahoo Movies, he promises two hours of adrenaline-pumping madness.
An exciting return to the great car-culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when authenticity brought a new level of intensity to the action, “Need for Speed” taps into what makes the American myth of the open road so enticing.
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.
Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, and Scott Mescudi (a.k.a. Kid Cudi) top the ensemble alongside him, with support from Rami Malek, Michael Keaton, and Dakota Johnson.
Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is behind the camera, directing from a script penned by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and John Gatins (Flight, Coach Carter).
Need for Speed launches into cinemas on March 14th in the US and UK, and I for one can’t wait. Here’s the latest featurette to whet your appetite.