‘Need for Speed’ (2014) Super Car Showcase Featurette

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[column size=one_third position=first ]U.S. Release date: March 14, 2014

Cast: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Scott Mescudi, Dakota Johnson, Harrison Gilbertson and Michael Keaton

Director: Scott Waugh

Producers: Patrick O’Brien, John Gatins, Mark Sourian

Executive Producers: Stuart Besser, Scott Waugh, Max Leitman, Frank Gibeau, Patrick Soderlund, Tim Moore

Screenplay by: George Gatins

Story by: George Gatins & John Gatins

Based on the video game series created by: Electronic Arts


[column size=two_third position=last ]For a lot of the scenes, the actors drove modified sports cars that had a pod built behind the driver’s seat for stunt men to pilot the car while the actors acted. According to one of the cast members, Dominic Cooper, “At first it is absolute terror, particularly if you’re someone who enjoys driving as much as I do.  The first time around I had my foot slammed against the brake pedal purely on instinct hoping it would help but knowing it did nothing.  But you know the guys in the pod are a billion times better drivers than you, so eventually you begin to let go and trust.” Hopefully that emotion will translate to the screen.

DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, Need for Speed captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.

The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.

Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.