“Breaking Bad” is wrapping up, and Aaron Paul is wasting no time gearing up for a big screen career. EW reports today that the Emmy winner is the first to sign on for one of the lead roles in car racing video game adaptation “Need for Speed.” Meanwhile, presumably, a couple of younger actors like Aussies Luke Bracey and Brenton Thwaites are still vying for a different role.
Brothers George Gatins and John Gatins developed the original story which is based on the entire Electronic Arts video game franchise, rather than one specific game. According to the press release, it will be “a fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise.” Scott Waugh is attached to direct, with a tentative early 2013 shoot planned, for a projected 2014 release.
Outside of his Emmy-winning role as Jesse Pinkman on AMC series “Breaking Bad”, which is set to end after its 5th season next year, Paul can currently be seen opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Sundance hit “Smashed”, which generated positive buzz at the festival and again now, and he was also shortlisted for the role of John McClane, Jr. in “A Good Day to Die Hard”, ultimately losing out to Aussie newcomer Jai Courtney. He recently wrapped up indie “Decoding Annie Parker” opposite Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton and is currently filming Nick Hornby novel adaptation “A Long Way Down” opposite Imogen Poots, Pierce Brosnan and Toni Colette.