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Michael Keaton signs up for Need for Speed movie

on 7 February 2013

Batman legend Michael Keaton has jumped on board the forthcoming movie adaptation of Need for Speed.

The DreamWorks picture features Keaton as a “reclusive and eccentric host of an underground supercar race where he invites best drivers from around the world.”

Last summer, it was revealed that the movie had been fast tracked for a 2014 release. Scott Waugh will helm the project, while Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper were previously confirmed as fellow cast members.

Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks’ chairman, said that he was “"excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA to bring to life an exhilarating script based on an epic video game that seems to have been made for the movies".

Electronic Arts’ Frank Gibeau added: "We are thrilled to be in business with our friends Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and the entire DreamWorks team. They are the perfect partner to take Need for Speed to the big screen by creating the exciting action film that we have always envisioned."

Stay tuned for more updates on the Need for Speed flick as we get them.