Matthew Fox to be Racer X in ‘Speed Racer’

As a follow up to my earlier post about Speed Racer, I have additional news about the cast.  According to Hollywood Report, Matthew Fox (Lost, Party of Five) is finalizing negotiations to join the project.

In this live-action version of the cult-favorite cartoon, Fox will be the mysterious Racer X, Speed’s arch Nemesis.  In addition, the role of Sparky, Speed’s quirky mechanic is being filled by Kick Gurry, an Australian actor.

Fox and Gurry will join an already stellar cast to include Susan Sarandon (Ma Racer), John Goodman (Pop Racer), Christina Ricci (Trixie, Speed’s girlfriend),  and Emile Hirsh (Speed).

Directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski (Matrix franchise), Speed Racer is set to begin filming in Berlin in June.  The film is scheduled for release in June 2008.

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