Aaron Paul To Trade Meth For ‘Speed’

“Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul is making his first break into mainstream Hollywood, and it turns out he’s got a need for speed.

DreamWorks announced back in June that it’s going to make a “Need for Speed” movie based on the popular video game series, and Entertainment Weekly has learned that Paul will be the man behind the wheel. It’s unclear what route this story will take, but we’re guessing Paul will again be playing a man on the wrong side of the law.

This casting news has earned “Need for Speed” a lot of credibility. Paul earned an Emmy (his second) for his turn as Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad” this year, and it was well-deserved. He’s added plenty of depth to a character that easily could have been one dimensional and, though he had five seasons to do it in “Breaking Bad” and will only have two hours or so in this movie, we are sure he can do the same for the character he plays in this film.

The “Need for Speed” concept was developed by George and John Gatins, with John writing the final script. It is apparently inspired by, but not based on any particular game in, the “Need for Speed” series. EA’s Patrick O’Brien and Mark Sourian are producing the movie alongside Gatins. Also, it has Steven Spielberg’s stamp of approval.

“I’m excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA to bring to life an exhilarating script based on an epic video game that seems to have been made for the movies,” he said in a previously released press release. “This is a big piece of business for DreamWorks and we are grateful to Frank Gibeau, Pat O’Brien, Kevin Maher and John and George for choosing us to deliver their goods.”

“Need for Speed” will start shooting early next year. It’s due for a February 7, 2014 release date.

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