Need For Speed
We almost didn't get a chance to speak with Dominic Cooper because he's been so busy with upcoming projects. The last time we saw this guy was in the 2012 bomb 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' which he's following up with the Colin Farrell- and Noomi Rapace-led 'Dead Man Down,' the American directorial debut of the original 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' helmer Niels Arden Oplev.
While Cooper was overseas in Budapest filming the TV miniseries 'Fleming,' based on the life of 007 creator Ian Fleming, we got a chance to speak with him briefly about his experience making 'Dead Man Down,' his upcoming role in the 'Need for Speed' movie, and whether or not he'd be back for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' or another Marvel movie.
To the delight of car-racing gamers, 'Need for Speed' will be among the next phase of games getting the big-screen adaptation. The project was announced a while ago with 'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul attached as the lead. Aside from the already filled-out cast, 'Need for Speed' details have been scarce as of late, so we chatted briefly with Paul's co-star Dominic Cooper while he was promoting the upcoming 'Dead Man Down' to get the latest info.
The video game franchise 'Need For Speed' has been a best-selling one for Electronic Arts, who wanted to capitalize on the popular success of the 'Fast & Furious' franchise by shopping their property to studios. Dreamworks bit, and rumors had been circulating about who would direct the big screen adaptation. Looks like we finally got a driver behind the wheel of this pedal stomping first installment.
Back in April, we reported on the 'Need For Speed' video game property looking to drive into the movie world, burn its tires all over the box office and take off like a Bugatti Veyron, leaving the competition in the dust. Now that idea is gaining even more traction with the addition of a director.
One of the greatest franchises in movie history is the 'Fast & Furious' franchise (sorry 'Star Wars') with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. The high octane films have generated millions, so it's no surprise video game publisher and developer Electronic Arts is looking to enter the box office race with it's own long-running franchise, 'Need For Speed.'