Although most filmmakers and Hollywood studios look for a bankable star to plaster across endless amounts of promotional material, DreamWorks is taking a somewhat different approach to the big screen adaptation of the Need for Speed franchise. According to Deadline, the studio is looking for a fresh new face to take the wheel of the forthcoming video game adaptation.
For a while, it appeared that Hunger Games co-star Liam Hemsworth would take the central role in the project. It would seem this is no longer the case. Instead, DreamWorks is looking for a relative unknown for the Need for Speed gig, which leaves the door wide open for unchecked internet speculation. Right now, the studio is reportedly considering actors Brenton Thwaites and Luke Bracey for the lead.
According to Cinema Blend, Taylor Kitsch, an actor who has the dubious honor of being associated with several recent box office failures, was rumored to be in the running for the role in Need for Speed. It would seem that negotiations with Kitsch are no longer on the table.
Regardless of who ends up hopping into the driver’s head, it would appear that Need for Speed is going to happen. Act of Valor co-director will reportedly direct the project, working form a script from budding scribe George Gatins.
In other Need for Speed news, Gamespy is reporting that the trailer for the open-world racing game Need for Speed: Most Wanted has been made available to the masses. If you’ve ever wished you could participate in a crazy Hollywood-style police chase without the threat of imprisonment, the latest installment in the popular series is sure to satiate those desires. I’m even excited about the title, and this is coming from someone who generally doesn’t play racing games. Most Wanted is slated to hit shelves on October 30.
Are you excited about the proposed Need for Speed movie? Would you rather spend your time and money on the upcoming Need for Speed: Most Wanted?