Disney released the first stills from the upcoming Need for Speed movie to remind audiences that it will, as promised, have actors; actors like Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad and Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi). I can’t help but feel like there’s something missing, though. Something like cars.
If you saw EA’s E3 2013 press conference, you know that there will actually be legions of cars racing, flipping, and needing speed all over this upcoming movie by DreamWorks Pictures. But for now, Imogen Poots’ smirk will have to do.
Announced back in 2012, the film is set to release March 14, 2014, though it may not be accompanied by the usual tie-in game. Back in April, Alex Ward, a studio exec at Criterion (the studio formerly responsible for the Need for Speed series), indicated that the studio may be moving on from the racing genre.
And, as of last night, Ward confirmed that news on Twitter, also revealing that Criterion has been reduced to a staff of 17 that’s “working on something new.” According to Ward, 60-65 of the former Criterion staff have transferred or will transfer to Ghost Games UK, the studio currently developing Need for Speed: Rivals. Ward also reassured NFS fans, saying, “I wouldn’t worry at all. NFS is in safe hands. And it’s all about making great games. It’s all positive.”
Regardless, the Disney film is still on track for its spring 2014 release. Now check out this high-octane plot overview!
The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) — who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side — reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter. Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino in the high-stakes De Leon race — the Super Bowl of underground racing. To get there in time, Tobey must run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet, dodging cops coast-to-coast and dealing with fallout from a dangerous bounty Dino put on his car. With his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia as allies, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.
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