The last big news we got in regards to Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright was a bit depressing. When the talented director left Marvel’s Ant-Man after years of dedication to the project, the world was left heartbroken. But, of course, Wright found his way again, and now is up to directing what sounds like an incredibly awesome film called Baby Driver with hopes of Fault In Our Stars Ansel Elgort to star.
The young actor is in early talks for the film, and there is no official casting yet, but when Variety announced Wright eyeing Elgort, a basic plot for the film was also released, and it sounds pretty cool. Apparently, the plot follows a young and very talented getaway driver who wants to be the best in the game, but his trick is, that he relies on the beat of a personal soundtrack to keep him at the top of his game.
Ansel Elgort, known for his portrayal of Augustus Waters in romantic drama The Fault in Our Stars also recently starred in the comedy Men, Women & Children. While I personally can’t see Elgort playing a quirky role that is usually associated with Wright’s films portrayed by the likes of Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim and Simon Pegg, it is an interesting choice. Sources say that it is only the early stages with Elgort, but looks like he was chosen over Logan Lerman and John Boyega. Personally, I would’ve loved to see Lerman, who I think would work very well with Wright. But, we’ll just have to trust that Wright saw something in Elgort that made him perfect for the part.
TriStar’s Tom Rothman expanded on the new project, telling Variety:
"We’re delighted to be riding shotgun as Edgar Wright takes the wheel of his next film. TriStar is in the business of backing original voices, and he is all that. Working Title are great producers and MRC great partners. They and Edgar are making the ultimate rock-and-roll car chase film, and together we’re buckled up and ready to go."
Rock-and-roll car chase film. Yes please. Could the title be a tribute to uptempo Simon & Garfunkel song "Baby Driver"? The song tells the story of a boy living a comfortable life but is in search of adventure. This young driver in Wright’s film is coerced into working for a crime boss which threatens any comfort he once had. Also, the Simon & Garfunkel song features car noises throughout.
This isn't the first time we’ve seen the director bring great music to life including cars and crime. Back in 2003, Wright made a hilarious music video for the band Mint Royale featuring Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Nick Frost and Michael ‘Tyres’ Smiley. You can watch it below:
Baby Driver is in the very beginning stages, so no word yet on when production will start, but we can’t wait to see what Edgar Wright has up his sleeve.