• Apr 24, 2007
The movie magnates of Hollywood may actually be bringing something to the silver screen that has the distinct possibility of not sucking away our lives and our hard earned cash. Brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski of Matrix and V for Vendetta fame are taking on a series that serves as one of our first motoring memories. That's right kiddies, a live action version of Speed Racer.
Warner Bros and Village Roadshow have enlisted the acting talents of John Goodman and Susan Sarandon as Speed's parents, while the oh-so-delectable Christina Ricci will be playing his devoted love interest, Trixie. And she can drive too.

The iconic anime, originally created by Tatsuo Yoshida, will be recreated in typical Wachowski style, including Speed's whip: the Mach 5. We can't wait until it hits theaters May 9th, next year.

[Source: The Film Asylum]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      wait a second. WHOS PLAYING SPEED???
      • 7 Years Ago
      WoooWhooo. I hope they get it right. Others that have tried making the Mach 5 have so far failed. None of the cars looked like an actual copy of the 60's cartoon. They all seem to be an exaggertion of the design. I guess its not easy as the car seemed to change from scene to scene. The Shooting Star driven by Racer X has been easier to copy. Yes, I'm a Speed Racer geek. Just don't lump me in with those Treky guys...lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ricci's huge forehad creates a lot of drag and thus she won't be driving a convertible.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As long as Speed says 'ohh' when rocks come crashing down the mountainous roads and he steers violently;y to avoid it at least once, with sprocket and chim chim in the trunk I'll be happy. And it MUST HAVE THE CHA CHA CHA sound effects when it leaps into the air!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I Nominate Catherine Bell to do WHATEVER she wants!!

      WOOOAH MAMA!!!

      Yes, I would crawl across hot coals for her or Monica Bellucci, or Sofia Vergara...

      Ahem! Seriously though...

      I don't know about Ricci's 'skills' but Cat is an adrenaline junkie and can already drive, ride, and sky dive(my favorite activities), so she would be a great fit.

      One thing I don't want to see is Speed in mascara or an Ascot, or #&*$ing Penny Loafers.. UGH.

      A proper racing suit please.

      As for the basis of the Mach 5, maybe the Ariel Atom? The Bros W certainly won't have to fake the speed or handling with that car.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Emile Hirsche. Heard of a couple of his movies, but haven't seen any of them.

      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0386472/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Im not sure how into this I can be. I was a big fan of it while i was growing up, so there would be very high expectations for me. It was my favorite show and is what inspired me to get into engineering design.

      But Speed has to most definately be wearing a blue shirt, ascot and penny loafers and they cannot mess with the Mach 5. I dont want to see some completely new design for everything, and racer x should be played by the stig.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I sense a huge amount of suckness approaching...

      PS. Ricci is crap, plus she's ugly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't forget Matthew Fox of "Lost" as Racer X.
      I haven't seen anything starring Emile Hirsche but I can see him as Speed given his moonpie face and doe eyes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think if I was casting the movie, that I would choose Ricci but she's probably a good choice. The Emile guy looks a LOT like Speed, so he's DEFINITELY a good choice.

      I've been a fan of the show since I was a kid, and have collected a lot of Speed Racer merchandise since then, so it'd be nice if they did this movie right. I remember when they first announced a Speed Racer movie in 1996 and it was going to be NASCAR based. I nearly barfed! I believe they mentioned casting Jeff Gordon or Tom Cruise as Speed :-.

      If Speed isn't driving something that looks exactly like the original Mach 5, then it is going to lose HUGE points in my book. I don't want him driving a white 350Z or any crap like that. Mach 5 or nothing!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't forget me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      any idea what kind of visual theme they are going for? hyper realistic? anime as real world?
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