Go Speed Racer!
Emile Hirsch, the relatively unknown actor, has been cast as Speed Racer in Joel Silver’s live-action adaptation of the beloved Japanese anime from the 1960s.
Hirsch has already been seen in Alpha Dog and Lords of Dogtown and will next be seen in Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, opening in September. He told E! the film would be “Blade Runner meets Andy Warhol meets pop art.” No other casting has been confirmed thus far.
Speed Racer is on track for its May 9, 2008 release with filming set for Potsdam, Germany this spring and summer. Silver has already announced that the film will be intended for all audiences and is aiming at a high octane G-rating.