Scott Mescudi, better known as “Kid Cudi,” has already made a huge impact on the music industry – he’s had multiple singles go platinum, two albums go gold, and he’s won numerous awards including 2 Grammys. Recently, Cudi has begun to make his move on the film industry, though his acting career seemed to end abruptly when HBO cancelled “How to Make it in America,” but lately he’s been working on landing roles in major feature film. The artist/producer will make his big screen debut later this year with both “Two Night Stand” from newcomer Max Nichols’ and “Goodbye World” from Denis Hennelly (“Out of Sight,” “Rock the Bells”). Additionally, as announced by Deadline today, January 15, 2013, Cudi will be joining “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul in the upcoming adaptation of the “Need for Speed” video game series.
The “Need for Speed” film was scripted by John (“Real Steel,” “Flight”) and George Gatins (“She’s Out of My League”) and stars Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall, a young man who gets framed for a racing accident that ends up killing his best friend. After being released from prison, Marshall races from New York to Los Angeles to get revenge against the man truly responsible for his friend’s death. Deadline also reports that that Ramon Rodriguez, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Rami Malek and Harrison Gilbertson will also play roles in the film, though there are no specific details yet. The film will be directed by Scott Waugh, who co-directed “Act of Valor” and has coordinated and worked on stunts for a number of films including “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “The Italian Job,” “Bruce Almighty,” and “Windtalkers.”
There is no word yet as to whether or not Cudi will contribute to the film’s soundtrack as well – he has previously written songs for “The Hunger Games” and “Fright Night,” so it seems likely that he will write a track or two for the film. The film will begin production soon and it will roar into theaters on February 7, 2014.