Having big name actors show up in Electronic Arts Need for Speed games really isn’t anything new, we’ve been seeing them ever since Brooke Burke showed up back in Need for Speed Underground 2 way back in 2004 (note: others have included such names as Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica), Maggie Q (Nikita) and Christina Milian).
With the upcoming release of Need for Speed The Run, Electronic Arts has cast Sean Faris (Vampire Diaries) as Jack Rourke while Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Drive) takes the role as Sam Harper, who fronts Jack the quarter-million dollar entry fee to attempt to win the race’s twenty-five million dollar prize.
“Need for Speed The Run brings unprecedented racing action into an expansive race course which encompasses a coast-to-coast race from the Golden State to the Empire State,” said Jason DeLong, Need for Speed The Run Executive Producer. “Our innovative, all-new performance capture technology pushes the boundaries of character animation allowing us to perfectly capture Christina and Sean’s likeness resulting in an engaging narrative experience coupled with top-notch racing.”
“It’s very exciting to be part of Need for Speed The Run. I’ve never been a video game character before so this is definitely a first for me. It’s been fantastic fun to do something so different and to show a different side of myself as well,” said Christina Hendricks.
“I’ve definitely done my share of intense action scenes in movies but it’s totally different and thrilling to actually be a character and driver in Need for Speed The Run. I got a kick out of seeing myself in the game, it’s totally me! I’m a huge fan of the Need for Speed series so I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the game,” said Sean Faris.
Hopefully they’ll do a good job acting in the game, which launches on November 17, 2011.