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Ricci Revs Up Speed Racer

Christina Ricci is joining Larry and Andy Wachowski's live-action adaptation of the 1960s cartoon Speed Racer. Emile Hirsch, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman already have boarded the high-octane project, which is based on the anime series created by Tatsuo Yoshida for Japanese audiences and later imported to the United States.

Speed centers on a young race car driver, Speed (Hirsch), and his quest for glory in his thundering, gadget-laden vehicle, Mach 5. Ricci will star as Speed's girlfriend, Trixie, his formidable ally on and off the track.

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22 Responses:

  1. niteshad says:

    those pictures make it look like they're doing a mash-up of Speed Racer and Tank Girl, with maybe a little of the Dukes of Hazzard thrown in for seasoning.

  2. toonhead_npl says:

    As long as they all wear initials that have nothing to do with their names, I'm happy.

  3. netik says:

    I don't know if I can sit through 2.5 hours of 10fps footage.

    I can only hope that they don't screw with the footage to make it emulate the cartoon.

    In A Scanner Darkly, that was okay because the effect was novel and interesting, but when the same effect was reused for a Charles Schwab commercial, I was amused that an investment company would align itself with a film about drugs and corporate manipulation.

    • cindymonkey says:

      they used the rotoscoping technique in Waking Life as well.

    • vanbeast says:

      I'm pretty sure I remember the Schwab commercials years before the movie came out.

    • baconmonkey says:

      Corporations using baffling associations in commercials is nothing new.

      Ore Ida used ""Golden Brown" by the strangerls in one of their french fry commercials. It's a song about heroin.

      Some investment firm used a song from the movie "This is Spinal Tap". The song was their first single from the 60s, called "gimme some money". they used a song from the fictional past of a fictional band.

      • jck says:

        I was rather amused by the Royal Caribbean commercial using Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life", sans vocals of course.

        I just couldn't help thinking:

        "Here comes Johnny Yen again
        With the liquor and drugs
        And a flesh machine
        He's gonna do another strip tease"

  4. cindymonkey says:

    she looks a bit more the part with her usual hair color

  5. heh...she looks like a meth whore in the second pic.

  6. strspn says:

    Yeah, but does she support the manufacture of plug-in hybrids. Mechanic chicks aren't worth it unless they're in to hypermiling.