Christina Hendricks stars in NFS: The Run

EA has just confirmed another couple of reasons why Need For Speed: The Run will be turning heads when it launches next month: Christina Hendricks and Sean Faris are both lending their voices and likenesses to the game, as lead characters Sam and Jack.

The intense, race-for-your-life story takes gamers cross-country from San Francisco to New York, and thanks to the Frostbite 2 engine, Black Box has something very, very special for everybody. (And yes, the actors are included in the game visually, as well.)

Need for Speed The Run - Sam & Jack

Sam & Jack

Christina Hendricks, the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated star of Mad Men has never appeared in a video game before, and this is a pretty awesome debut.

This is definitely a first for me. It’s been fantastic fun to do something so different and to show a different side of myself as well.

She plays Sam Harper, “a woman with ambition, street smarts and a penchant for lightning fast cars.” Racing herself isn’t necessarily part of her plan, instead preferring to manage the best drivers on the street circuit. Sam’s the one who’s put up the $250k race buy-in for Jack, hoping he’ll win the $25 million prize – and she’s helping him out all the way, as his eyes and ears on the course.

Jack, on the other hand, is played by up-and-comer Sean Faris from The Vampire Diaries.

I’ve definitely done my share of intense action scenes in movies but it’s totally different and thrilling to actually be a character and driver in Need for Speed The Run. I got a kick out of seeing myself in the game, it’s totally me!

Jack Rourke is one of the best drivers around, but – as usual – his arrogance and cockiness has gotten him into a tight spot where nefarious types are after his money – or his head. The only way out? Enter – and win – the race to New York.

Need For Speed: The Run is due out November 17th in Australia for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and 3DS – for more information, check out our developer interview with the game’s Executive Producer Jason DeLong, from E3.

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