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Need for Speed Video Game Franchise to Hit the Big Screen

Fast and Furious watch out! Electronic Arts partners with DreamWorks Studios and Ford to bring a street racing game to life. Ford Mustang to play starring role in the film

Toni Avery
Jun 10, 2013

Gamers rejoice! The race-driven Electronic Arts "Need for Speed" video game series has made the jump into the realm of film with big name backers DreamWorks Studios and Ford Motor Company. As found in the video games, the film will highlight big money street racing action and a long list of high- performance vehicles with a Ford Mustang being featured as the "hero car."

"'Need for Speed' is rooted in Americana, and when we were casting our hero car for the film, Ford Mustang was the obvious choice," said Stacey Snider, DreamWorks Studios Partner and Co-Chair. "With its 50-year history in film, the iconic Mustang is the perfect co-star for Aaron Paul."

The custom designed wide-body Mustang will feature 22-inch alloy wheels and larger air intakes helping to feed the supercharged V8 engine. Other Ford products such as an F-450 truck cast as "The Beast," and a specially-designed Mustang camera car were used for the film too.

Inspired by one of the best-selling video game franchises in the world, with more than 140 million games sold, the film chronicles a cross-country journey experienced by the film's heroes that begins as a mission for revenge but ends as a mission for redemption. "Need for Speed" hopes to restore the success of the legendary American car culture films of the 1960's and '70's but with a modern twist.

Starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, and directed by Scott Waugh, "Need for Speed" will hits theaters March 4, 2014. Also keep a look out for the next in the "Need for Speed" franchise "Need for Speed Rivals" available for Xbox 360 and other game systems on November 19.

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By Toni Avery
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