The Hollywood Reporter reports this morning that Christina Ricci has joined the cast of the film adaptation of Speed Racer directed by the Larry and Andy Wachowski. She will play Speed’s girlfriend Trixie. Ricci joins Emile Hirsch (Speed), John Goodman (Pops) Susan Sarandon (Pops’ wife), and Zac Efron (playing Sparky or Spritle).
“Speed” centers on a young race car driver, Speed (Hirsch), and his quest for glory in his thundering, gadget-laden vehicle Mach 5. Ricci will star as Speed’s girlfriend Trixie, his formidable ally on and off the track
This could be one of those really weird breakout movies if the Wachowskis pull it off. All of the actors bring a wealth of experience to the flick, but this is essentially a popcorn movie in the same category as Fast and the Furious, XXX, and Driven. Okay, so maybe Driven is the best example, but you get the idea. I imagine we’ll see something similar to the Matrix meets Fast and the Furious and that is good enough for me. I just wonder who will be playing Racer X?
According to the Reporter, the Wachowskis are planning to shoot this summer with a release expected in 2008.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1cokR6FrD0[/youtube]