USA Today has debuted this first photo of the Mach 5 in the Wachowski brothers’ Speed Racer, which starts filming next week in Germany. The article also features quotes from Emile Hirsch, who reveals a bit more about the May 9, 2008 release. Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman co-star.
Based on the classic series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida, the live-action film will follow the adventures of the young race car driver Speed in his quest for glory on and off the track in his thundering Mach 5. In addition to Speed and Trixie, the movie will feature other characters that fans of the show will remember, including Speed’s family and his mysterious arch-rival, Racer X.