Better late than never, I guess. Cutting it a bit close, DreamWorks Pictures has announced that it will be holding free advanced screenings of director Scott Waugh’s (Act of Valor) racing revenge actioner Need for Speed this Wednesday, February 19th (aka tomorrow) in 100 cities across the country. You must RSVP to the screening by visiting this website, but be aware that seating is limited so these tickets will likely be claimed fast. For those unfamiliar, the pic is an adaptation of the video game of the same name and chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament.
In addition to the screening, guests will be treated to a live introduction by Waugh, Paul, and co-star Scott Mescudi via satellite. Read the full press release after the jump for more details. Need for Speed opens in theaters on March 14th.
BURBANK, CALIF. (February 18, 2014) – DreamWorks Pictures announced that special advance screenings of “Need for Speed” will take place on 100 screens across North America onFebruary 19, at 7:30 p.m. Stars Aaron Paul and Scott Mescudi and director Scott Waugh will personally introduce their film via satellite in all theaters. Paul and Mescudi will also host a live Twitter Chat (#NFSMovie, @AaronPaul_8 and @ducidni, respectively), to talk about their film. Seating is limited and RSVPs are now being accepted. For more information about the movie and screenings in their areas moviegoers may visit theneedforspeedmovie.com/screenings. Audiences will also have an opportunity to find out if they have what it takes to win the Race to DeLeon by joining street racer Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) on a near impossible cross-country race for revenge, and a chance to win a 2015 Ford Mustang and other weekly prizes, by registering now at http://www.RacetoDeleon.com.
DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 150 million units sold, “Need for Speed” captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.
The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.
Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.
“Need for Speed” is presented by DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment, produced by Patrick O’Brien, John Gatins and Mark Sourian, and directed by Scott Waugh. The screenplay is by George Gatins. The story is by George Gatins & John Gatins, and, based on the video game series created by Electronic Arts. The film releases in U.S. theaters on March 14, 2014.