‘Need For Speed’ Release Date Pushed Back

The release date for Need for Speed has been pushed back to March 14, 2014, five weeks later than the original date of February 7.

The film was pushed back in order to avoid Warner Bros.’ animated Lego film and Sony/MGM’s RoboCop reboot. Need for Speed is currently the only film with a March 14 release.

Based on the Electronic Arts video game franchise, Need for Speed follows underground race car driver Tobey Marshall (Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul) who owns a garage. Marshall is framed and sent to prison after his best friend is murdered during a race. When he is released from prison, Marshall races from New York to Los Angeles to get revenge on the man who is actually responsible for his best friend’s death. The film will focus on 1970s-style cars.

Michael Keaton, Dominic Cooper, and Imogen Poots have also been cast in Need for Speed. Rapper Kid Cudi (real name Scott Mescudi) has been cast as Tobey’s best friend. Kid Cudi previously starred as Domingo Brown in HBO’s How to Make it in America. The series, which ran for two seasons from 2010 to 2011, focused on two twentysomethings — Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg) and Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk) — from Brooklyn as they try to hustle their way through the New York City fashion scene. With the help of Domingo and Cam’s cousin, Rene, the young entrepreneurs create a new energy drink called Rasta-Monsta. The four friends experience success and challenges along the way.

The Need for Speed franchise has been around for almost 20 years. The first entry was released in 1994 and, since then, 19 games have been released. The series has sold over 140 million copies worldwide, generating an estimated $4 billion in retail revenue.

Shooting for Need for Speed begins this spring in Georgia.

Will you be going to see Need for Speed? Or do you think there are enough racing movies?

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