Emile Hirsch (Alpha Dog, The Girl Next Door) is in talks to star in Speed Racer, the live-action version of the anime cartoon being directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on the classic 1960s series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida that was retooled for North American audiences, Speed Racer follows the adventures of young race car driver Speed (Hirsch) in his quest for glory in his thundering gadget-laden vehicle, Mach 5. The movie will feature other characters from the show, including Speed's family and his mysterious arch-rival, Racer X.

The Wachowskis plan to shoot in Germany this summer for a summer 2008 release.