Taylor Kitsch offered 'Need For Speed' lead role: Can he launch the racing film franchise?

taylor-kitsch-savages-premiere-getty.jpgDreamworks has officially offered the lead role in the first "Need For Speed" film to Taylor Kitsch, sources confirm to Zap2it exclusively. Though the studio has not commented, Kitsch's team is said to be considering the offer. [Update: The studio says no offer has been extended; our reliable sources maintain that Kitsch is the sole contender for the role.]

Despite the less-than-stellar (to put it lightly) box office performances of "John Carter" and "Battleship," the "Friday Night Lights" heartthrob remains a hot commodity in Hollywood. Will the "Need For Speed" adaptation be the film that finally launches him into official movie stardom?

"Need For Speed," based on the series of EA car racing video games of the same name, is set for a February 7, 2014 release. The film will be produced by EA and John and George Gatins, with George penning an original screenplay based on the games. "Act of Valor" filmmaker Scott Waugh is attached to direct.

"I'm excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA to bring to life an exhilarating script based on an epic video game that seems to have been made for the movies," Steven Spielberg said in a statement. "This is a big piece of business for DreamWorks and we are grateful to Frank Gibeau, Pat O'Brien, Kevin Maher and John and George for choosing us to deliver their goods."


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