Yes, THAT Edgar Wright. He’s the man we can thank for the Cornetto Trilogy, made up of the genre-bending Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End. Of course, Wright can’t take all the credit. He had some help pulling off the frightfully fun set of films from his friends, like Simon Pegg, who co-wrote, and Nick Frost, who co-starred with Pegg.
But, this time around, he’s on his own, taking on the duties of both writing and directing the film Baby Driver, which is heading to both U.S. and U.K. theaters on June 28 (with a worldwide release to follow soon after).
Correction: He’s not flying completely solo. He’s recruited some fine actors to bring his story to the big screen, including, but not limited to, Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) in the title role of “Baby,” Jamie Foxx (The Soloist), John Hamm (Mad Men), Lily James (Downton Abbey) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards).
We could map out the synopsis for you, but the title of the film is pretty literal: Elgort takes on the role of Baby (not an actual baby) and he finds himself in the driver’s seat of a getaway car as part of a heist taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.
Based on the recently released trailer (June 1), it seems like the plan is a-go. But, there’s always some sort of catch… right?
We all know, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner,” (sorry, we had to go there). This Baby — a boy — definitely isn’t hidden away. The talented getaway driver (“the best in the business”) is up front and behind the wheel:
Ack! We take it back. Though Baby willingly signs up for the first run, he then wants out. But Doc (Spacey) who runs the show, HAS pushed him into a corner, as we see in the above, basically forcing him to take on another job.
Trust your gut, Baby. Trust your gut…
Sheesh. We’ll have to wait to see the entire film to learn how Baby maneuvers the sitch.
But, in the meantime, Wright gives us a little behind-the-scenes on how this project happened, talking to ComingSoon.net during a set visit. He the concept for the film popped into his head in 2002, he casually started to put it down on paper in 2007, and then made the commitment, telling CS, “Once I started writing I started talking to ex-cons and real getaway drivers and FBI people and that’s always fascinating to me… I’m real aware of being English and middle class and writing an American crime film, so I may as well get the okay from someone who has been inside for ten years.”
Yep, that’s how you do it — go straight to the source.
Are you excited for Edgar Wright’s first standalone film as writer/director?