Michael Keaton has joined DreamWorks' big screen adaptation of the car racing video game Need For Speed. He will star alongside Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, and Imogen Poots. According to THR, "Keaton will play the reclusive and eccentric host of an underground supercar race where he invites the best drivers from around the world." It's good to see Keaton getting more movie roles these days. He's always been a great actor.
The story follows an underground racecar driver (Paul) who owns a garage that modifies expensive cars to make them faster for racing. Framed and sent to prison when his best friend is murdered during a race, he seeks revenge upon his release.
It's also been described as being a "fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise. In Need for Speed, the cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story keeps players at the edge of their seat."
Act of Valor director Scott Waugh is directing the film from a script written by George and John Gatins. The movie is set to start shooting next year and will be released on February 7th, 2014.