"Lost" star Fox tunes up for "Speed" ride

Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:38am EDT

Actor Matthew Fox poses at the red carpet event for the hit TV show ''Lost'' during their Season 3 World Premiere in Honolulu, Hawaii in this September 30, 2006 file photo. Larry and Andy Wachowski are adding Fox to their ''Speed Racer'' vehicle. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry

Actor Matthew Fox poses at the red carpet event for the hit TV show ''Lost'' during their Season 3 World Premiere in Honolulu, Hawaii in this September 30, 2006 file photo. Larry and Andy Wachowski are adding Fox to their ''Speed Racer'' vehicle.

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Larry and Andy Wachowski are adding "Lost" star Matthew Fox to their "Speed Racer" vehicle.

Fox is in final negotiations to play Racer X in the live-action update of the 1960s cartoon, which the brothers behind the "Matrix" franchise are writing and directing.

In addition, Australian actor Kick Gurry is in negotiations to play Sparky, Speed's hippie mechanic.

Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman already are on board the film, which will shoot in the summer in Berlin. Warner Bros. is eyeing a summer 2008 bow.

"Speed" centers on a young race car driver, Speed (Hirsch), and his quest for glory in his thundering, gadget-laden Mach 5. Fox will play Speed's mysterious racing rival, an enigmatic soldier of fortune. He was recently in theaters with "We Are Marshall."

Kick's credits include Alex Proyas' "Garage Days" and the Weinstein Co.'s "Daltry Calhoun."

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