|The cast of “Need for Speed” clockwise from top left: Aaron Paul, Dakota Johnson,
Ramon Rodriguez, Michael Keaton, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots
Director Scott Waugh’s adaptation of the popular video game franchise “Need for Speed” will begin filming in Macon in mid-April. The project’s screenwriter, John Gatins, mentioned the possibility of the film shooting in Georgia last fall when he was in Savannah promoting another Georgia production, “Flight.” Gatins accepted the Savannah Film Festival Spotlight Award for his work on “Flight” and had great things to say about working in Georgia. Two hundred cast and crew members are expected to travel to Macon for the production.
Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Dakota Johnson, Michael Keaton, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, Kid Cudi and Rami Malek comprise the principal cast of the film. Location scouting has taken place throughout downtown Macon and it is expected that casting calls for extras will occur closer to production kickoff.
Recent projects to film in Macon include the Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake baseball hit, “Trouble with the Curve,” and upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic, “42,” which will be released next month.
Filming will also take place in Rome at the Historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery in June.