Captain America star Dominic Cooper reportedly joins the cast
Plot details for DreamWorks' big screen adaptation of EA's Need for Speed racing series have appeared online, along with reports that actor Dominic Cooper is in negotiations to star in the movie.
Cooper most recently appeared in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but is also known for playing Tony Stark's father Howard in Captain America: The First Avenger. Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul is believed to be taking the leading man role. According to Variety
, the film "follows an underground race car driver (Paul) who owns a garage that modifies expensive cars to make them faster for racing. Framed and sent to prison when his best friend is murdered during a race, he seeks revenge upon his release."
Cooper will play Dino, an ex-NASCAR driver who makes a business of modifying and rebuilding supercars.
British actress Imogen Poots is also in talks to play an exotic car dealer who does business with Paul and Cooper.
DreamWorks announced that it had acquired the Need for Speed movie rights in June, when it said it was fast-tracking the project for release in 2014. George and John Gatins (Real Steel, Coach Carter) have developed an original story for the film not based on any individual game.
At the time DreamWorks chairman Steven Spielberg said
: "I'm excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA to bring to life an exhilarating script based on an epic video game that seems to have been made for the movies.
"This is a big piece of business for DreamWorks and we are grateful to Frank Gibeau, Pat O'Brien, Kevin Maher and John and George for choosing us to deliver their goods."