Film and television star, Michael Pena, was the honorary starter of the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26. Turbo director, David Soren, was also at the race yesterday.
In Turbo, the upcoming film from DreamWorks Animation and released by 20th Century Fox, the titular hero is an ordinary garden snail whose dream to race in the Indianapolis 500 comes true. The film arrives in theaters everywhere July 17.
In Turbo, Michael Pena portrays Tito, an entrepreneur who enters a super-fast snail in the Indy 500.
Ryan Reynolds is the voice of Turbo
The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. Snoop Lion, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Chicago native Pena has appeared in numerous motion pictures and television shows in the last decade, including in the Academy Award Best Picture-winning films Million Dollar Baby and Crash. He also appeared in the Oscar-nominated film Babel.
Pena’s most recent film role came in the 2013 picture Gangster Squad, which also starred Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte and Josh Brolin. Pena co-starred with Jake Gyllenhaal in the 2012 film End of Watch. Other major films in which Pena has appeared include Tower Heist, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Lucky Ones and World Trade Center.
Pena’s most prominent television role came while playing Detective Armando Renta on the acclaimed, award-winning FX series The Shield. He also has played prominent roles in series such as Eastbound & Down on HBO and Felicity on the WB Television Network.
For more information about Turbo, visit www.turbomovie.com.
Source: DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox, USA Today