Matthew Fox (ABC’s Lost) is in final negotiations to play Racer X in Larry and Andy Wachowski’s upcoming live-action Speed Racer movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, basec on the 1960s animated TV series, comes from Warner Brothers and producer Joel Silver.
Australian actor Kick Gurry, meanwhile, is in negotiations to play Sparky, Speed Racer’s hippie mechanic.
Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman have already been cast in the film, which will shoot in the summer in Berlin. Speed centers on a young race-car driver, Speed (Hirsch), and his quest for glory in his gadget-laden Mach 5. Fox will play Speed’s mysterious racing rival, an enigmatic soldier of fortune. Fox will fit Speed Racer in around the series’ summer hiatus.[SciFi Wire]