He’s a Demon On Wheels
The Wachowski Brothers are making a Speed Racer movie.
Yes, I’m behind the curve on this, but I’ll get over it.
They’ve cast Christina Ricci as Trixie, which I hope means she will do more than stand on the sidelines and say “OH SPEED!” (but after Black Snake Moan, who knows…).
Ricci did say the following in a recent press conference about her character:
I’m really excited because I just feel like there are so many negative images for little girls out there, and she’s [Trixie] a very strong-willed, smart girl who also is super-cute and has great clothes…
Emile Hirsch has been cast as Speed, but I’m more into the fact that Matthew Fox is set to play the “mysterious and enigmatic” Racer X/Rex Racer. I wonder how closely they’ll stick to the character’s history from the cartoon:
Undeniably, Racer X is the least understood driver on the Formula 1 racing circuit. Both feared and revered, he inspires rumors that whenever he competes, crashes are sure to occur. A facemask used to conceal his true identity further shrouds him in mystery, only adding to his reputation as a jinx.
Unbeknownst to Speed (and his family), Racer X is really his older brother, Rex Racer, a fact we are frequently reminded of throughout the long series. Long ago, while competing in a race, Rex crashed a car Pops built. Subsequently he ran away from home when Pops told him he lacked the necessary experience to race professionally. Aided by his mentor, Kabala, Racer X hones his driving skills, learning how to drive on “tortured roads and broken trails.” After this internship, he becomes a professional driver.
Along the way, he adds “secret agent” to his resume. He uses his experience as a racecar driver as cover for his primary occupation at the Paris-based International Police.