15 October 2012 1:12 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul has signed on as one of the leads in the upcoming DreamWorks Need for Speed, a big screen adaptation of the best selling Electronic Arts video game.

The studio announced today a February 7th, 2014 release date for the car racing project, which Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is set to direct.

A DreamWorks release said the movie will be

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. In Need for Speed, the cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story keeps players at the edge of their seat.

Said Patrick Soderlund, executive at EA in a statement:

Like the game series itself, the cast for the movie needs to be edgy and cool. Aaron Paul is a rising star — a great choice for the film lead. »

- Nick Martin

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