Imogen Poots has landed the female lead role in video game adaptation “Need for Speed”, according to THR, and will be reuniting with her “A Long Way Down” co-star Aaron Paul, who was the first to sign on to the big budget blockbuster a couple of weeks ago.
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.” Poots will play a rising star on the stock car racing scene, whose father has “bet the farm” on her winning. No word yet on Paul’s male lead role. Scott Waugh is attached to direct, with a tentative early 2013 shoot planned, for a projected 2014 release.
Poots, last seen on the big screen in the remake of “Fright Night” opposite Anton Yelchin, recently wrapped up roles in Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups”, Jimi Hendrix biopic “All is By My Side” and Nick Hornby novel adaptation “A Long Way Down.” She may still be in the running to play the female lead opposite Chris Evans in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, though the “Need for Speed” schedule would seem to cast some doubt on that front.