Because of the fact he's overseen the likes of Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and The World's End, any new Edgar Wright film is eagerly anticipated and devoured by cinephiles. Baby Driver is his next venture, and it is also his most ambitious film yet, as the English director has gone all Phil Spector on audiences and created the movie equivalent of The Wall Of Sound. That's because even though Baby Driver is an action, heist, gangster, thriller extravaganza, it has also been as meticulously choreographed as a musical, as the rat-a-tat-tat of its bullets, the screeching car wheels, and even the windshield wipers have each been incorporated to create a cinematic cacophony that only a filmmaker of Edgar Wright's ilk could imagine.
I learnt as much last year when I visited the set of Baby Driver in Atlanta. As well as seeing various cool car stunts being shot, me and a group of other journalists had the chance to speak to Edgar Wright. During our trip it was teased that Baby Driver was something of a musical, and while Edgar Wright insisted that it's not in the conventional sense, he did admit that it was the first thing that came to his mind when he originally told people of the film. Wright remarked,
Ansel Elgort is the actor tasked with playing the titular Baby, who is a preposterously talented getaway driver that, due to tinnitus, constantly listens to music to drown out the screech. During our discussions with the 23-year-old star, Elgort went into more detail about how music is utilized in Baby Driver, even going as far as to describe one of the opening scenes from the film. Elgort remarked,
Those of you that are fans of early 2000s English electronic pop might recognize that the above description is exactly what transpires in the 2003 video for Mint Royale's Blue Song. Edgar Wright hasn't reverted to plagiarism, though, as he was the one who actually directed that video, and with Baby Driver he has looked to evolve it into a full-fledged feature film. In order to do just that, he needed to bring in some bona-fide Hollywood A-listers. (No offense Julian Barratt, Nick Frost and Michael Smiley). One of the actors he turned to was Jon Hamm, who actually took part in a read-through of Baby Driver's script back in 2012 when Edgar Wright was still honing it, and the former Mad Men star admitted he was attracted to the project because of the fact that it was a "quasi-musical." Jon Hamm told us,
Jon Hamm also admitted that the coolest challenge about working on Baby Driver was trying to mix the explosions, car chases, crashes, and gun shots with the detailed choreography and the background music. And while he confessed that it was "difficult", he also declared that Baby Driver is more "exciting" and more "original" as a result. Hamm continued,
Jon Hamm then went into more detail about exactly how the movement and sounds from "inanimate objects" are choreographed and sliced into the action sequences in time to create the feeling of a musical, something he insists that, after watching some of the footage edited together, has worked incredibly well. Jon Hamm explained,
You can get a sense of Baby Driver's "weird tone," as well as its death-defying action and stunts and the inherent humor that Edgar Wright brings to all of his films by watching its latest trailer below.
We don't have long to wait until Baby Driver is with us, too, as the film will finally be released later this month on June 28.