Lots of news has been coming out recently about the live action movie based on the car-driving cartoon "Speed Racer" (which has its own website!), and most recently we have: a photo of the Speed Racer car, a plot description and casting news of particular interest to fans of "Friday Night Lights."
According to the Warner Bros. press release, the "high octane family adventure" story goes like this:
Speed Racer (Emilie Hirsch) is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer (John Goodman), the designer of Speed's thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he...uncovers a terrible secret—some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits.
The only way for Speed to save his family's business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed teams with his one-time rival — the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox) — to win the race that had taken his brother's life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.
To find out who's been cast from the "Friday Night Lights" group,
A "Friday Night Lights" Connection:
Scott Porter (Jason Street on the show), is set to play Rex, Speed Racer's older brother.
So, it's a movie about Speed Racer with a cast that includes Porter, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci and John Goodman? I'm so there.