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There are a couple of different big races going on in Hollywood: One is for the studio that can create a car-based series that can compete with the Fast and the Furious franchise, and the other is to show the true potential for video-game adaptations. DreamWorks’ Need For Speed is in the running for both.
Directed by Act of Valor‘s Scott Waugh, the film features Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul as a former convict who gets out of jail and into a cross-country race. DreamWorks just released the first trailer:
Here’s the synopsis from the film’s official site:
The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle-cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out west.
Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon—the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.
For more N4S film footage, you can also check out this behind-the-scenes clip featuring a few words from Waugh.
And, just for good measure, here’s a few more pictures from the film which also stars Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Dakota Johnson, Kid Cudi and Michael Keaton.
Need For Speed opens on March 14, 2014.