Michael Keaton Getting in Gear for 'Need for Speed' at DreamWorks
The near future holds some exciting prospects for Michael Keaton. The former Batman replaced Hugh Laurie as the villain in Jose Padilha's remake of RoboCop, he has a supporting role in Larry David's improvised comedy Clear History with plenty of other great comedic talent, and he's also looking to direct again with a dramatic comedy called Buttercup. Now Heat Vision has word that Keaton has landed a role in Need for Speed, the adaptation of the hit video game series at DreamWorks. Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") leads the film directed by Scott Waugh and written by John Gatins (Flight). So just what is Keaton's role?
Well, the story follows a local street racer (Paul) who partners with a rich and arrogant business associate (Cooper), only to find himself framed by his colleague and sent to prison. Upon his release, he joins a cross country race from New York to Los Angeles as part of a plant to exact revenge. However, his ex-partner is quick on the uptake and puts a huge bounty on his head, which means he must avoid tons of illegal street racers trying to make a buck. Sounds like Death Race meets Fast and Furious. Keaton will be playing the reclusive and eccentric host of an underground supercar race, so it's likely a quick fun role. But frankly, anymore Michael Keaton is good news, and I hope he keeps getting work.