Once he wraps “Breaking Bad,” actor Aaron Paul is jumping straight into the film adaptation of the racing video game series “Need For Speed” at Dreamworks. Asked about the project, Paul says:
“[It was] all thanks to Steven Spielberg, because he loves Breaking Bad. It was like, ‘Yep, I’m going to give you this.’ I was in London when I got the phonecall. I think I said, ‘Really? Okay. Wow.’
Need For Speed is going to surprise everybody. I think a lot of people are thinking it’s going to be this car film, but it’s not that at all. There’s no actual narrative in the game, it’s just superfast cars with the point of view of the driver: his point of view as his car blasts around. And, of course, cops chasing them. it’s just plain make believe, pure imagination – it’s really, truly a blank canvas using really incredible supercars.”
Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a street racer who goes into business with rich, arrogant car supplier Dino (Dominic Cooper), only to find himself framed when another friend dies during a race.
Sent to jail, Marshall wants revenge and, once released, signs on for a cross-country race for a chance to strike back. But Dino learns about the scheme and puts a bounty on his head, forcing Tobey to go up against various illegal drivers in powerful vehicles.
Dreamworks has slated the film for a February 2014 release.