'Breaking Bad' Star Aaron Paul Wins a Lead Role in 'Need For Speed'
This is all kinds of awesome. After making a name for himself as the complex addict-turned-chemist Jesse Pinkman on AMC's incredible television series "Breaking Bad" and playing an alcoholic husband opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the Sundance hit Smashed (out in theaters now), two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul is about to shift gears and put the pedal to the metal. EW reports that Paul has won a lead role in DreamWorks' upcoming film adaptation of the popular EA video game series Need For Speed that will be directed by Scott Waugh, co-director of Act of Valor, this year's active duty Navy SEAL film. Read on!
Need For Speed is based on the long-running video game series, which has released a staggering 19 games since its debut in 1994. Brothers John and George Gatins (the former of which wrote Real Steel) came up with the concept for the screenplay, which won't be a direct adaptation of any specific game in the series, and John (who wrote the Denzel Washington thriller Flight) will co-produce this one with Mark Sourian while Gatins penned the final screenplay himself.
There aren't any details available on Paul's character at this time, but I'm stoked to see him making the leap into features after he's proved himself one of the most talented members of his generation with his legendary performance on "Breaking Bad." Filming is scheduled to start after he wraps production on the final season of the highly-acclaimed drama early in 2013, and the final movie will cross the finish line and race into theaters on February 7th, 2014. Cool?