As you might expect for a film called “Need for Speed,” there is plenty of testosterone to go around. Male cast members — Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, and Ramon Rodriguez — share the majority of screen time and love flexing their muscle cars. However, there is one leading lady in the mix who holds her own: Imogen Poots (“That Awkward Moment”), who proves not just an independent and attractive young woman, but one who knows her way around an engine.
We also talked to “Breaking Bad” alum Aaron Paul (who gets his first big-screen star vehicle, so to speak, with the movie), director Scott Waugh (a stuntman-turned-director who says this movie is more realistic than the “Fast and Furious” and other action films he’s worked on), and producer John Gatins. 1. There’s no Jesse Pinkman here, only shades Of Steve McQueen. The story revolves around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), who’s on a quest to clear his name for a crime he didn’t commit, and also features a deadly cross-country road race. The actor went on to say that he looked to “everything Steve McQueen” for inspiration.