Sarandon, Goodman Are 'Speed' Parents

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If John Goodman and Susan Sarandon had a child, what would the fruit of their loins be like? It would be like Speed Racer, apparently.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Larry and Andy Wachowski have cast Oscar winner Sarandon and Golden Globe winner Goodman as the parents of Emile Hirsch's Speed Racer in their upcoming Warner Bros. adaptation of the popular anime franchise "Speed Racer."

"Speed Racer" -- or "Mach Go Go Go" if you want to be old school about it -- was created by Tatsuo Yoshida and premiered as an anime series in Japan in 1967. American audiences fell in love with the speedy dubbing and catchy theme song. The cartoon's story centers on a teenaged Speed Racer (Hirsch) who encounters intrigue and danger on his road to racing glory. He is aided by parents Mom (Sarandon) and Pops Racer (Goodman), girlfriend Trixie, little brother Spritle, his monkey Chim Chim and the mechanic Sparky.

In the cartoon, Pops Racer was a top-flight auto engineer, the designer of Speed's Mach 5, while Mom was the domestic diva who held the family together.

The parts of Trixie and the mysterious Racer X are still being cast, with production beginning in Germany this summer with an eye towards a May 9, 2008 release date.

Most recently seen in the TV movie "The Year Without Santa Claus" and in a guest stint on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," Goodman has "Evan Almighty" coming out this summer. His feature credits range from "King Ralph" to "The Flintstones."

Sarandon's latest credits include a stint on FX's "Rescue Me" and roles in "Elizabethtown" and "Alfie." The "Thelma & Louise" star has a busy set of 2007 releases including "Mr. Woodcock," "In the Valley of Elah" and "Enchanted."

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