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And Speed Racer is...

Mar. 21, 2007by: Mike Sampson

It's not Keanu Reeves or that kid from "High School Musical." It's actually, I think, a really good choice: Emile Hirsch. According to Variety, Hirsch is in final negotiations to star in the Wachowski's SPEED RACER, which is set to begin filming later this summer. You might remember Hirsch best from THE GIRL NEXT DOOR and he's done a great job since of playing the chameleon with parts in LORDS OF DOGTOWN and ALPHA DOG. The film's other main roles - Trixie and Racer X - have yet to be cast. The Wachowskis are planning on filming SPEED RACER a la 300, utilizing complete green screen backgrounds. Warner Bros. recently moved SPEED RACER up to May 9, 2008 to avoid a conflict with INDIANA JONES 4, which opens up on Memorial Day weekend. Hirsch can be seen next in the Sean Penn drama INTO THE WILD.

Extra Tidbit: Because Hirsch was 17 when he was filming GIRL NEXT DOOR they had to put pillows in between him and the actresses giving him the lap dances.
Source: Variety

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7:46PM on 03/22/2007
I'm actually pretty ppleased with this choice. Speed Racer was a good toon, so hopefully the film will make it better than I remember, cause.....well, nothing against Knight Rider, but we do need more than just a guy and his car racing around saving people.

Also, that sucks about the pillows.
I'm actually pretty ppleased with this choice. Speed Racer was a good toon, so hopefully the film will make it better than I remember, cause.....well, nothing against Knight Rider, but we do need more than just a guy and his car racing around saving people.

Also, that sucks about the pillows.
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12:13AM on 03/22/2007

dr. gay

BURN. joblo you kick an insane amount of ass. thanks for sharing the tidbit. i love this casting choice. i'm a huge fan of speed racer and emile hirsch was great in the girl next door.
BURN. joblo you kick an insane amount of ass. thanks for sharing the tidbit. i love this casting choice. i'm a huge fan of speed racer and emile hirsch was great in the girl next door.
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6:59PM on 03/21/2007

good

At least Hirsch can actually act, unlike that douche from "20 year-old high school student musical."
At least Hirsch can actually act, unlike that douche from "20 year-old high school student musical."
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2:05PM on 03/21/2007

Nice

Thanks Joblo for confirming that and shutting up the Dr. Anyways I think this is a great choice, I really enjoyed him in his other roles. The choice seems just right!
Thanks Joblo for confirming that and shutting up the Dr. Anyways I think this is a great choice, I really enjoyed him in his other roles. The choice seems just right!
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2:04PM on 03/21/2007

truth and Rumors

I personally like hearing the rumors. If someone confuses a casting rumor as actual truth why is it a big deal? Are you placing bets in Vegas on this information and losing money? Just take the news in stride becuase if it's wrong it always gets sorted out.

I personally like hearing the rumors. If someone confuses a casting rumor as actual truth why is it a big deal? Are you placing bets in Vegas on this information and losing money? Just take the news in stride becuase if it's wrong it always gets sorted out.

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1:54PM on 03/21/2007
You just got ser... Um, never mind.

I guess Hirsch is a good choice for the lead. Still not convinced this'll be an actual good movie, but then again, I was never a fan of the cartoon. So whatever.
You just got ser... Um, never mind.

I guess Hirsch is a good choice for the lead. Still not convinced this'll be an actual good movie, but then again, I was never a fan of the cartoon. So whatever.
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1:03PM on 03/21/2007

To Dr.Mirakle:

Actually, we have a policy of NOT printing casting rumors unless we specify them as such in our story, so that you folks can DISCUSS it as well.

In this case, Variety has pretty much confirmed it by saying that they're in "final talks", which basically means...he's in. Make sure YOU know the whole story before taking a shot at us. Thanks.
Actually, we have a policy of NOT printing casting rumors unless we specify them as such in our story, so that you folks can DISCUSS it as well.

In this case, Variety has pretty much confirmed it by saying that they're in "final talks", which basically means...he's in. Make sure YOU know the whole story before taking a shot at us. Thanks.
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10:36AM on 03/21/2007
Joblo has a nasty habit of confirming casting before they are actually cast. Make sure they are signed before you print it, guys.
Joblo has a nasty habit of confirming casting before they are actually cast. Make sure they are signed before you print it, guys.
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8:01AM on 03/21/2007
EXCELLENT CHOICE!!!!!
EXCELLENT CHOICE!!!!!
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