Much to Seth Rogen’s chagrin, Matthew Fox nabbed the plum role of the enigma known as Racer X in the upcoming live action Speed Racer a little while back. Those even mildly familiar with the property already know that Racer X is merely the latter incarnation of Rex Racer, who is, of course, Speed’s brother. What isn’t so widely known is that the Wachowskis intend to get clever with this dual identity motif by casting somebody who is not Matthew Fox as Rex Racer.
Scott Porter, who plays Jason Street on the TV version of Friday Night Lights, has landed the role of Rex Racer. In certain photos, the guy looks - from the nose to the chin - like he could be a younger sibling of Matthew Fox’s, and that’s pretty much all he needed for this gig. The way the story works, Rex Racer leaves the Racer family under mysterious circumstances for parts unknown. He returns later as the older, slightly more grizzled Racer X, keeping his identity concealed in order to make it as his own man. While you may think that means Porter will barely be in the film’s first part, the Wachowskis have indicated we can look forward to extensive Rex Racer flashbacks where he’s expected to sob a lot, turn Pops Racer in for drunk driving, and try to save everyone he can. No, really.
Speed Racer starts shooting this month in Germany.