Aaron Paul Has the Need… The Need for Speed!

The 'Breaking Bad' star will headline the motion picture adaptation of the EA's hit racing video game.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Hot off his second Emmy win for Best Supporting Actor on AMC's acclaimed television series "Breaking Bad," Aaron Paul has snagged his biggest film role to date, starring in Need for Speed, an adaptation of the long-running video game franchise from Electronic Arts (EA). Entertainment Weekly broke the story.

The video games don't have much in the way of plot, so the film will primarily focus on racing thrills with an all-new storyline by George and John Gatins. The pair have had an interesting career thus far, with John Gatins credited with screenplays for family films like Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, sports films like Hard Ball and Coach Carter, and last year's underrated sci-fi film Real Steel. In contrast, Need for Speed will be George Gatins' first screenwriting credit after producing motion pictures like the romantic comedy She's Out of My League

Need for Speed will be directed by Act of Valor co-director Scott Waugh, who cut his teeth as a stuntman on action films ranging from Sudden Death to Spartan, and the TV series "Sleeper Cell."

The first Need for Speed video game premiered in 1994 and his since become the most successful racing game franchise worldwide, and one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, selling well over 100 million copies of its various installments. The most recent edition, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, is scheduled for release in North America on October 30, 2012.

CraveOnline will be back with more Need for Speed news after we unleash our inner Porsche.