As the first trailer begins for “Need for Speed,” an adaptation of the popular racing video game series starring Aaron Paul, a narration kicks things off that would lead us to believe that it’s a “Breaking Bad” sequel. “They took everything from me,” Paul says in the preview’s opening moments.
While this — unfortunately — isn’t a continuation of the story of Jesse Pinkman after he joins a street racing circuit, “Need for Speed” appears to be giving Paul the opportunity to be on the other end of some physical punishment for once.
The surprisingly moody trailer introduces us to Tobey Marshall, a muscle car mechanic and street racer with a mind set on revenge. When a former associate of Marshall’s frames him for a crime that he didn’t commit, he joins a cross-country race to exact his vengeance.
“Need for Speed” marks Paul’s big post-”Breaking Bad” crossover into big-budget films. Thought Jesse Pinkman hasn’t fared so well during these final eight episodes of the critically acclaimed show, the multiple Emmy-winner looks to be enjoying a new role, especially when it comes with a new set of wheels.
The film is also the first in what is shaping up to be an impressive string of high-profile video game adaptations that are hoping to kill the expectation that all movies based on games suck, which includes “Assassin’s Creed,” “Ratchet and Clank,” and “Warcraft.”
The cast of “Need for Speed” is rounded up by some serious up-and-coming talent, including Dominic Cooper from “Captain America: The First Avengers” and Dakota Johnson, who was recently cast in the film version of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
“Need for Speed” opens in theaters on March 14, 2014.