"Lost" star Matthew Fox is close to land the role of Racer X in the Wachowski Brothers' "Speed Racer."
Seems to put more favor on the big screen rather than small one lately, Matthew Fox is reportedly involved in final negotiations to nab a starring role in Warner Bros. Pictures' "Speed Racer."
The "Lost" star will likely assume the role of the title character's archrival Racer X if deals are reached. Also embarks in talks is Australian actor Kick Gurry who is negotiating to play Sparky, Speed's hippie mechanic.
Already lined up Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, and John Goodman in its cast, "Speed" is a live-version update of the 1960s animated series created by Tatsuo Yoshida which follows the adventure of a young race car driver and his quest for glory in his thundering, gadget-laden Mach 5.
Principal photography on the project is due to begin this summer in Berlin, Germany with Larry and Andy Wachowski helming from their own script and Joel Silver producing through his Silver Pictures. Warner Bros. has revealed that it will release the movie on May 9, 2008 which is also the targeted release date of 20th Century Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still."