Kid Cudi joins Need for Speed movie

Hip-hop artist Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi joins Aaron Paul for DreamWorks' upcoming racing film; Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, and Harrison Gilbertson also on board.

The Need for Speed movie has landed another high-profile actor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi has signed on to DreamWorks' racing movie, joining Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul.

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Other actors recently confirmed for roles in the Need for Speed flick include Ramon Rodriguez (Battle Los Angeles, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Rami Malek (Night at the Museum, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part II), and Harrison Gilbertson (Beneath Hill 60, Accidents Happen).

In addition, English actor Dominic Cooper (Captain America, Band of Brothers) will play a leading role in the film. He has been cast as Dino, an ex-Nascar driver who uses his wealthy connections to establish a car-modifying business.

Rounding out the announced cast members thus far is Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Fright Night), who will reportedly play the role of an "exotic car dealer" for the film.

Directing the Need for Speed film will be Scott Waugh, who's best known for helming Act of Valor, a military movie starring active-duty US Navy SEALs. Possibly more relevant to the Need for Speed project will be Waugh's experience on stunt crews for dozens of films, including Torque, The Italian Job, and Biker Boyz.

Waugh will be filming a screenplay penned by George Gatins, the executive producer of DreamWorks' 2010 comedy She's Out of My League. Gatins developed the Need for Speed film's story with his brother John, who is producing the film and also wrote the scripts for Real Steel and Flight

The Need for Speed movie is in production at DreamWorks (Shrek, Kung Fu Panda) and is due to theaters on February 7, 2014.

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Discussion

51 comments
zpluffy
zpluffy

Hey everyone, I didn't read the article

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

might as well have Uwe Bol write and direct this. sigh

keyb0red
keyb0red

uhhh ... who's this guy again?

dylan417
dylan417

I liked him in How To Make It In America on HBO and he is one of the best in the music industry today. I'm all for this.

bobbo888
bobbo888

Wow so many people hating on cudi... lame. Bunch of nerds :/

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Guess within the movie you'll see him doing like he says in his hit rap track "Switchin' lanes" ----> " You can catch me, SWITCHIN' LANES (LANES), SWITCHIN' LANES (LANES), SWITCHIN' LANES (LANES)!!!" XD

soulless4now
soulless4now

I've never seen him act in anything, but I guess it's a good start since DreamWorks does make some good films. 

zbarfbag
zbarfbag

cudi sucks and this movie will suck

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

well i just couldnt give a f***

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

i just hope the movie is really about racing and tuning instead of chasing and fighting for girls or undercover cop or anything else we have seen in F&F movies...

Zorphose
Zorphose

Now we will test if NFS has enough brand power to survive this..... Street fighter and Mario anyone????


Hurvl
Hurvl

Like, wow! That cast of acclaimed actors makes The Fast and the Furious seem like a B-movie about fast cars... oh wait.

erix43
erix43

Good for Kudi! Love his music. Good stuff, compared to the crap all these ignorant sheep listen to on the radio. 

Vaivod
Vaivod

A Need for Speed movie is just like Fast and Furious in the end. I am highly skeptical about this...

djmmjd764
djmmjd764

Oh wow Kid Cooni?  That guy that was in nothing I've ever seen!! Soo excited -___-

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Er? Who? and the other cast are who?

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

another high profile actor?  really?  never heard of him

enartloc
enartloc

"hip-hop artist".yeah right

ahpuck
ahpuck

 I guess they are going for the crappy acting found in need for speed most wanted.

psdsoldier25
psdsoldier25

Not really sure how i feel about a Need For Speed movie. Guess time will tell. I'd like to atleast see some kind of trailer in the near future....

mr_azim
mr_azim

Shrek's Need for Kung Fu Speed?

KoruKinshi
KoruKinshi

@erix43 Most everything has gone to hell in the rap genre after 2004...and that's being generous.  Don't kid yourself.

erix43
erix43

@gatsbythepig 

Oh, it's not some crap rapper you listen to on the radio. Sorry. 

erix43
erix43

@djmmjd764 

Oh wow, who are you again? Exactly. No one knows you, but this guy is a great abstract hip hop artist. Listen to em, dummy. 

SergioMX
SergioMX

@CUDGEdave ...Oh you know Aaron Paul from one of the best shows on TV, and Kid Cudi, one of the best hip hop artists around. Listen to some of his free mixtapes he releases. He's always honest in his lyrics, and tries to change it up by adding rock elements (his album WZRD)

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

@enartloc his shit is not even hip-hop. This guys just another fucking untalented no-name straight out of Americas untalented bunch of fucking losers who got famous from nothing like 90% of the fucking ''Stars'' out there nowadays. This generation is a fucking disgrace to humanity and this ''Kid cudi'' cancerous trash is part of it.

erix43
erix43

@ahpuck 


What the hell are you talking about? There is no acting found in need for speed yet. MORON. Keep your mouth shut if you have nothing to smart to say. Grow up. 

guiplc
guiplc

@mr_azim "Shrek's Need for Kung Fu Speed"... Genius! hahahahahahah

Hurvl
Hurvl

@mr_azim Oh, I want to see that movie real bad, like Breaking Bad.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@erix43 @gatsbythepig Wow, there is a little anger coming from you.  You actually listen to the radio?

I don't think I even know who you are.  You have to love the random hate on the internet.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@erix43 "Oh wow, who are you again? Exactly. No one knows you" I could say the same about you (and me, by the way).

I'm always a bit wary of movies that includes rappers as actors, but it's not like Need for Speed is counting on the acting to sell this movie.

erix43
erix43

@GamerOuTLaWz @enartloc 


You're obviously a NOBODY. It shows in your anger and ignorance on your post. Dude, you need a girlfriend. AND you're a NOBODY, once again. 

ntippit
ntippit

@GamerOuTLaWz @enartloc wow I hate this generation, kid cudis music is incredible and is in fact hip-hop, how could it not be hip-hop? Have you ever heard it? What else could it be? He has a lot of talent in music and in fact is not a bad actor (how to make it in America) what's your your talent? Being a giant troll just looking for places to spew the raw seeping sewage that is your incredibly uninformed opinion

ahpuck
ahpuck

@erix43 @ahpuck  No acting found in need for speed yet? If you're going to call someone a moron, you better make sure you're right, kiddo.