Christina Hendricks starring in 'Need for Speed: The Run' -- EXCLUSIVE

The venerable Need for Speed franchise is getting some new blood in its upcoming 18th installment. EW can exclusively report that through the magic of motion-capture technology, Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks will play a leading role in the upcoming Need for Speed: The Run. She plays Sam Harper, a presumably badass big wheel in the exciting world of outlaw street racing, who serves as the player’s eyes and ears on the course.

“She’s got a relationship with the main driver player,” explains Hendricks, referring to the game’s protagonist Jack Rourke (played by Sean Faris who, in a bit of ambient gamer lore, played Kyo Kusanagi in the film adaptation of The King of Fighters.) “They come from the same hood. She gets him involved in the cross-country race with a lot of money at stake. There’s an element of pushing him but also taking care of him.”

Hendricks admits that she’s not a gamer, though she explains, “My husband and my brother are huge game players. My husband’s constantly running to GameStop because something’s being released the next day.” This is her third car-themed role in the last year, after last month’s Drive and 2010’s Life As We Know It (where her character died in an off-screen car accident), but Hendricks sounds a bit embarrassed describing her own choice of wheels. “For years, I have been driving a PT Cruiser. I like that I can put tons of stuff in it.”

She laughs. “I don’t think you’re gonna see a PT Cruiser in Need for Speed. It’s really not an action car.” We’ll soon find out — Need for Speed: The Run will hit North America on November 15 for XBox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, and PC, so there’s still time for the developers to add “Christina Hendricks’ PT Cruiser” as limited-edition Downloadable Content.

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  • Merson

    Christina Hendricks is voluptuous, gorgeous, sexy and beautiful. She’s amazing. That woman is incredible. She is one well-endowed lady. I’d like to get my hands on her ‘ample assets’, if you’ll pardon the expression.

    • Bob

      Did you have to go there? What are you, 12 years old?

      • Cameron J

        Don’t give him so much credit. I wasn’t even that bad at 12. No one I know was that bad. O.o

        But anyways, this is the first Xbox game I have been incredibly excited for in years. I would buy it if I could.

    • Katie

      That’s actually a reference to star trek… I think.

    • 12 Year Old

      She has boobies. Me want to touch. Nom nom nom.

    • lisa g.

      From the front, she’s great but from the back? Not so much. Google it!

      • AM

        I don’t think most men care dear. We can’t have everything- but what she has she has lots of.

      • lisa g.

        LOL. Ok.

  • tomm

    She’s the Dolly Parton of today, known mostly for you know what, and all the jokes.

    • A

      She’s also a terrific, Emmy-nominated actress.

      • Kurt

        And Dolly Parton was a terrific, grammy winning singer.

    • AM

      Dolly Parton is a Grammy winning singer and Christina Hendricks is an Emmy-nominated actress.

  • Lex

    Christina Hendricks has an amazing figure. I just love her curves. She’s so shapely. She’s a great example to women around the country. She’s someone I really look up to. I think she’s really, really sexy and I just have so much respect for her.

  • anna

    They made her thinner in the game, of course…

  • Sergiu

    Great news, but I hope that they will make her ass look better than on Drive.

  • danae

    I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but it looks like they made the video game character not well enough endowed.

  • 12 Year Old Garth

    She gives me that funny feeling like when I’m climbing the rope in gym class. Party on Wayne.

  • Alex

    Wow! It’s great that haters here are just PERFECT physical specimens and can make such comments. But, the Constitution protects your right to say what you will, as it does mine to say that it’s extremely unlikely that you would have any kind of chance with a woman with her figure. Or that of a broomstick or a garbage can, for that matter.

  • Kid A

    Christina is great all of you need to stop complaining about her back side no woman is perfect. But with that small flaw it shows she is human and attainable. Plus her butt is cute in my opinion.

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