"Need for Speed," a DreamWorks Studios film, is an adaptation of the popular video game of the same name and will begin filming in Macon, GA next month. It will be directed by Scott Waugh, who directed "Act of Valor" in 2012, according to a statement from the commission.
For now, the cast includes actors Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"), Dominic Cooper ("Captain America"), Imogen Poots ("Fright Night") and Michael Keaton ("Batman"). An estimated 200 cast and crew members will come to Macon as part of the production, which is scheduled to begin shooting in Macon in mid-April.
"Need for Speed" will be a fast-paced film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the '70s. Information about casting and other opportunities for Middle Georgia residents will be announced closer to the start of production.
Location scouts have been working with the Macon Film Commission for months to secure shoot locations in the downtown Macon area.
"We cannot say anything about the exact locations," commission board member Elliott Dunwody said Tuesday. "The exact dates are still kind of shifty."
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert said in the statement that Macon and the midstate continue "to attract interest for movies, television shows and commercials, and we are excited to be one of the locations for the filming of 'Need for Speed.' With more and more production crews working here, our reputation as a great place to film is spreading."
"Need for Speed" will be the third major motion picture filmed here in the past year. The first two were "Trouble with the Curve" starring Clint Eastwood, followed by "42" starring Harrison Ford, which will be released next month.
Dunwody said some of the new film's makers were involved in the Eastwood and Ford productions.
"Some of them had heard of us," Dunwody said. "We're starting to get kind of reputation as a city that likes to have films made here."
According to the website IMDb, "Need for Speed" will hit theaters next February, and that it's about a just-out-of-prison street racer "framed by a wealthy business associate." The racer "joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the race, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins."
The website reports that shooting on the film continues in June in Detroit.
Waugh, the film's director, is a former stuntman who had a hand in stunt work for such movies as "Spider-Man" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."