Need for Speed Movie

“What do you do with a problem like Walter White?” isn’t the only question that will be plaguing Aaron Paul this summer. He’s also got to deal with a world of car racing in the upcoming action film Need for Speed. Seeing as the 2014 release is based on a popular series of video games — ones with which I’ve been particularly fond in the past — it seems fitting that early promo footage was shown this week at the E3 gaming expo. It’s a featurette that shows director Scott Waugh, whose recent credits include Act of Valor, talking about wanting us to be right in the middle of the action. To his credit, he’s also put a strong cast in the middle of the car action. Working alongside Paul will be Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton. But this featurette isn’t about the cast, it’s about the wars.

Watch the E3 Need for Speed featurette:

As a longtime viewer of the BBC’s flagship car show Top Gear, I’m recognizing some slick rides in here. Not the least of which is the Bugatti Veyron, the undisputed fastest street-legal car in the world. That’s the exact sort of pedigree that fans of the Need for Speed games might expect. Will we get Doom-esque first person driving sequences? Will we get plenty of Fast and Furious level machismo? This featurette answers none of those questions. It does, however, prove that the film’s going to have some wicked cars meeting wicked ends. That’s good enough, for now.

Need for Speed is due in theaters in 2014.

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