Kid Cudi to show off acting chops in ‘Need for Speed’

Kid Cudi performs at the'Cruel Summer' After Party hosted Kanye West For The Provocateur 'pop up' At Gotha Club Cannes on May 23, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Kid Cudi performs at the'Cruel Summer' After Party hosted Kanye West For The Provocateur 'pop up' At Gotha Club Cannes on May 23, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Fans of rapper Kid Cudi‘s acting on the now defunct HBO series How to Make it in America have reason to celebrate.

The emo hip-hop star has signed on a role in the upcoming racing film Need for Speed, which is based on a popular Electronic Arts video game.

The movie stars Emmy nominee Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame, as well as Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots.

Paul will play a race car driver out for revenge after being framed for his friend’s death. Cudi will play a member of his pit crew.

Need for Speed will be “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,” a DreamWorks release said.