‘Need for Speed’ Trailer: Aaron Paul Seeks Revenge Through Car Racing

Published 2 years ago by , Updated November 18th, 2013 at 12:03 am,

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Electronic Arts’ (EA) Need for Speed racing video game property will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014, which is the same year that DreamWorks is unleashing a movie adaptation in theaters (by no coincidence). The Need for Speed live-action film is headlined by fan-favorite Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as Tobey Marshall, a blue-collar car mechanic (with a knack for vehicular racing) who is double-crossed, when an unsanctioned race ends badly and results in Tobey (unfairly) being sent to prison for manslaughter. Once he is freed, though, Tobey goes looking for payback by competing in a dangerous cross-country race against his treacherous ex-partner (Dominic Cooper).

A scruffy Paul introduces the newly-released Need for Speed trailer, which might be more somber that you would’ve expected. The film has already drawn comparisons to the Fast and the Furious series (for obvious reasons), yet this initial footage suggests that the video game feature may have its feet planted more firmly in the neo-Noir genre than the first F&F installment. Then again, James Wan’s upcoming Fast & Furious 7 is being described as a gritty 1970s revenge flick throwback, so maybe 2014 is just going to be a more serious year for racing cinema in general…

Moving on – the supporting cast that’s been put together for Need for Speed includes Imogen Poots (Fright Night (2011)), Michael Keaton (RoboCop (2014)), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Rami Malek (Oldboy (2013)), Ramon Rodriguez (Battle Los Angeles) and the hip-hop recording artist/actor Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi (How to Make It in America). Meanwhile, directorial responsibilities were handled by Scott Waugh, the former stunt performer who made his directing debut co-helming the Navy SEALs feature Act of Valor last year.

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The urban cultural influence and diverse casting – combined with the cleanly-shot and high-octane car racing/collision sequences offered by Waugh – means that it’ll be easy for some people to dismiss Need for Speed as a Fast & Furious knockoff right away. Yet, the additional promise of a storyline that features meaty dramatic substance – written by first-time scribe George Gatins and his Oscar-nominated writer brother John Gatins (Flight) – suggests the two properties will be different (and, more importantly, good) enough to both occupy the same niche in peace.

Moreover, Paul (now that Breaking Bad is coming to an end) seems to be more interested in choosing quality scripts over easy paydays, as evidenced by his appearance in last year’s acclaimed indie drama Smashed (where he played one-half of a recovering alcoholic couple) and him signing on to appear next in Ridley Scott’s Moses drama, Exodus. In other words, he may’ve decided to appear in Need for Speed based on the script’s potential to be a better-than-average popcorn flick.

What do you think of the Need for Speed trailer?


Need for Speed opens in U.S. theaters on March 14th, 2014.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

Image source: EW

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  1. I think this is going to be a pretty awesome movie! I like Aaron Paul on Breaking Bad and think that he is a great actor and the storyline is of curse about revenge but it looks better than i thought it would. I know ill be there in the theater watching it. First comment btw!

  2. Seems overly melodramatic to me, but we’ll have to wait and see how the tone of the actual movie plays out.

    • +1 to the overly dramatic thing. Makes me think a Chinese director made this…

  3. i remember playing Need For Speed a long time ago, i don’t know about the newer versions but is there a story behind the game, cause it was just a driving game back then.

    • The very first few games were just winning races and unlocking new cars. The newer games over the past few years(starting with around NFS Underground) all pretty much have backstories.

  4. Aaron Paul is the main selling point for me, I think this movie was always going to have a tough ride with Fast and Furious comparisons but then most movies are similar to every other movie these days, we’ve got endless superhero films, Star Trek and Star Wars, James Bond, Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt not to mention enough haunted house movies to last a life time so I welcome this take on driving really quickly!

    Yo cars b****!

  5. I love Aaron Paul, but I have no interest at all in this movie.

  6. The trailer is surprisingly good. I was expecting some cliched nonsense, but, this has got my attention. I just hope the movie surprises me as well.

  7. Looks alright, I don’t think it’s anything special. I’m only going to stay tuned because of Aaron Paul.

  8. Blah blah blah Breaking Bad, blah blah blah. Yes, we got it…

    Anyway, here is the trailer for those of us who don’t want Quicktime on our computers: http://youtu.be/fsrJWUVoXeM

    • Haha, I know, right?

      There are actually people who have never seen Breaking Bad. If I hadn’t seen a few episodes this week, I’d have said “I honestly have never seen this guy in anything and he looks like a terrible actor so I’ll pass”.

      Having seen a few episodes of BB though, I can say this:

      He’s a terrible actor in a (breaking) bad show, so I’ll pass.

      • Must be why everybody who’s ACTUALLY watched the show praised him and the television series then, right?

      • Yeah I know right? Its not like he got 2 Emmys for his work on the show or anything. Just awful.

        • @steveChow

          I’m not making any comment on this particular actor’s acting chops since I’ve never seen his work, I just don’t care about the show that it seems I’m required to watch to be considered cool, but I have to say this much. If you rely on awards to tell you who is a good actor and who isn’t, then you’re going to have a bad time…

          Again, he very well could be a good actor, just saying, don’t put too much weight on these award shows. A lot of times they are based more on politics and other factors than actual merit.

          • If you dont like breaking bad then in actuality you really are NOT cool. The only people that like the show are cool people. No joke, everyone I know who is chill, sleek and cool watches the show, while those people who I pictured never watching the show dont watch it, and you guessed it those are the not cool people.

            Do yourself a favor and become cool……….watch breaking bad.

            The show just won best drama and has 6 combined best actor emmys.

            There is NO reason to not wanna watch it except thinking youre cool because youre going against the norm.

            • @Ed

              If that was sarcasm, then that was brilliant, lol. :-D

  9. Even though I’m fully aware of how misleading trailers can be, this looks like it could be interesting, story-wise.

    If anything, it’ll be something nice to look at, in which case it’ll be a tough choice between this and TF4.

  10. Pretty cool to see some scenes that were shot in my home town Columbus, GA. Scene where the car tumbles over on the bridge at the :56 mark and the 1:18 mark. Old swift mills can be seen in the background. Kinda proud moment for a small town like Columbus.

  11. Another example of using a recognisable brand name to market a movie that doesn’t have more than a cursory relation to it.