As any dedicated Edgar Wright fan will tell you, ever since the release of 2013’s The World’s End, the wait for a new film from the innovative British filmmaker has been a challenging one. When word spread that Wright would be writing and directing Marvel’s adaptation of Ant-Man, fans saw the potential for a filmmaker like Wright to create something truly amazing and excitement levels were high.
But not long after entering into the pre-production on Ant-Man, Wright parted ways with Disney when creative differences became too big to ignore. It was a setback that left fans wondering what would be next for Wright after stepping away from something that clearly meant a lot to him. The answer to that question arrived recently in the form of Baby Driver, Wright’s upcoming film about a getaway driver suffering from tinnitus.
It was less than a month ago when we got our first look at some images from Baby Driver as well as a brief rundown of the plot. Now thanks to CutPrintFilm (hat tip Birth.Movies.Death), we’ve got three new images to examine and speculate over. All three photos show the film’s lead Baby (Ansel Elgort; Allegiant) and despite the film’s title as well as our understanding of the plot, only one photo actually involves a vehicle – so if you were hoping for some wild, action packed shots of getaway driving, you’ll have to keep waiting. For now, however, you can check out the latest images below:
The first image shows Elgort and Deborah (Lily James; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) in a diner where Deborah works. Whether or not the photo is of the pair’s first meeting, it is Deborah who becomes Baby’s love interest and inspires him to try and leave the criminal lifestyle behind. Jamie Foxx who plays a character called Bats can be seen in the other two remaining photos and likely has something to do with Baby’s employment. The same can be said for John Hamm, whose character Buddy can be seen in the final photo and who looks considerable rougher than we’ve ever seen John Hamm look in a film. Eiza González (Jem and the Holograms) plays a character called Darling and is also visible in the final photo. As with the others, exactly what her role in the film involves is unknown as of this writing.
The return of Edgar Wright is worth paying attention to, as the filmmaker has always managed to tell stories that entertain on numerous levels. This time around, however, the story of a getaway driver who constantly listens to music in order to drown out the ringing in his ears doesn’t initially come across as that thrilling of a concept. Perhaps this is due to the past worlds of undead, cultish townsfolk and aliens that Wright has brought to life. In comparison to those subjects, Baby Driver seems a little plain.
And yet, to disregard Wright’s latest film over an apparent lack of grandeur is not only unfair but also far too preemptive at this point. Wright’s skills as a filmmaker are always found in the little details that he sprinkles throughout his work. In that sense, Baby Driver still has a tremendous amount to reveal. The first trailer hasn’t arrived yet, but when it does, all the familiar and unique Edgar Wright touches are sure to be on display. For now, it’s worth saying that Baby Driver has so far earned its label as one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2017.