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Batman joins Need for Speed movie cast

Alternatively, 'Beetlejuice joins Need for Speed movie cast'

Michael Keaton, notable for playing The Dark Knight in Tim Burton's Batman films, has signed up to star in DreamWorks' Need for Speed picture.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter Keaton will play the "reclusive and eccentric host of an underground supercar race where he invites the best drivers from around the world".

The Hollywood adaptation of EA's popular racing franchise was 'fast tracked' for a 2014 release in June of last year, with Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) attached as director.

Keaton joins Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper, who recently played Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger.

At the time of the announcement, DreamWorks chairman Steven Spielberg said he was "excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA to bring to life an exhilarating script based on an epic video game that seems to have been made for the movies".

EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau added: "We are thrilled to be in business with our friends Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and the entire DreamWorks team. They are the perfect partner to take Need for Speed to the big screen by creating the exciting action film that we have always envisioned."

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