The script, adapted by Mark Novak from Jeremy Jackson’s novel is the story of a teenager (Booth) who’s life is left in bits after his best friend is killed in an accident. Struggling to cope with the tragedy, he throws himself into long-distance running and channels his grief into the desire to be a world-class distance runner. Crudup is down to play the kid’s mentor and trainer.
Crudup has had a number of memorable roles – in Russell Hammond in Almost Famous, J. Edgar Hoover in Public Enemies and naked, omnipotent superbeing with a big blue swinging dongle in Watchmen. Booth will probably be less well known to audiences starring in The Pillars Of The Earth TV series. His star is rapidly on the rise however, as he was the lead in the BBC’s most recently adaptation of Great Expectations over the Christmas period.
Variety reports “Sometimes a script comes along that really makes you sit up and pay attention,”
“Life at These Speeds has an emotional intensity that really kicked me in the guts. I love the challenge of playing characters forced on life-changing emotional journeys. To work on a project with Billy Crudup and Sam Rockwell is just a dream come true.”