Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul will star in DreamWorks Studios' upcoming film adaptation of Need For Speed, EA has announced.

Paul, who has won two Emmy awards for his role as Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman, will take the lead role in the "edgy and cool" race flick, which is due to hit theatres in February 2014.

EA describes the film as a "fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise.

"In 'Need for Speed,' the cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story keeps players at the edge of their seat."

"Need for Speed is one of the most action-packed entertainment experiences you can find," said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, Electronic Arts.

"The newest game, 'Need for Speed Most Wanted' and the upcoming film take the action to all new heights. Like the game series itself, the cast for the movie needs to be edgy and cool. Aaron Paul is a rising star - a great choice for the film lead. We're looking forward to announcing the rest of the actors that will bring this racing franchise to the big screen."

Production on the Need For Speed film is scheduled to start early next year.