DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” (opening nationwide on March 14, 2014) boasts a cast of talented actors who are quickly becoming Hollywood’s next generation of stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi and Dakota Johnson. Here is the new featureette “the guys”
For director Scott Waugh, casting these actors was one of the most important aspects of making his film. “To me, casting was everything,” he says. “If we were really going to represent the greatest culture of America, which to me is cars, we needed to find great actors to represent that era and hopefully bring back when that era was so cool. For the role of Tobey Marshall, our hero, we couldn’t have done better than finding Aaron Paul. He’s a man’s man, and that’s what Steve McQueen was.”
Aaron Paul’s character, Tobey Marshall, is a blue-collar worker with a passion for racing cars and a vocation for rebuilding them. He runs his family’s auto shop and races the underground street circuit with his friends. His whole world is turned upside down when he is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. In prison, he spends two years thinking about one thing: vengeance. While questioning the morals to which he has always adhered, he is determined to clear his name and set things right.