First Look at Jamie Foxx and Ansel Elgort in Edgar Wright’s BABY DRIVER
Edgar Wright has given us our first look at his new film Baby Driver in two photos that he shared with EW. I’ve really been looking forward to this movie because I’m a huge fan of Wright’s work.
In the film, Elgort plays a getaway driver who wants to leave his life of crime behind after falling for a girl who is being played by Lily James. What makes the character so interesting is the fact that he suffers from tinnitus and the “movie’s action is choreographed to the music he plays to drown out the ringing in his ears.” Wright says that he listens to a wide range of diverse music during these chase sequences, but didn’t reveal what any of the music was. However, he did say:
“I always wanted to do an action movie that was powered by music. It’s something that’s very much a part of my previous films and I thought of this idea of how to take that a stage further by having a character who listens to music the entire time. So, you have this young getaway driver who has to soundtrack his entire existence, particularly the bank robberies and fast getaways that come afterwards.”
This film sounds like it’s going to be a blast, especially with Wright at the helm. The guy has never ever made a dull movie, but he described this one as an action crime thriller:
“It’s funny in places but it’s not a comedy. It gets genuinely tense and threatening. That was actually a fun thing for me — to do dramatic or thriller scenes which just up the ante.”
The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey as the crime boss. The director went on to talk about working with Spacey:
“He’s amazing. I had a slight out of body experience, the first day on set with [him]. His first scene was a big monologue scene, and he started doing it, and even though we’d done a table read and we’d rehearsed it, when we were doing a take, I was just completely lost in the moment of him talking. Then I thought, Oh, yeah, I wrote this! [Laughs] I was briefly hypnotized by Spacey — and him spitting out my words was an absolute joy.”
Baby Driver hits theaters on August 11th, 2017.