Three years ago this month Edgar Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and one of the more respected filmmakers working today, announced that he was dropping out of his previously announced commitment to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man. Just a couple of months later, Wright announced that Baby Driver, a heist film that he’d been talking about as far back as 2004, would serve as his next directorial effort instead.
Two years after the release of Peyton Reed’s version of Ant-Man, we’ve seen Baby Driver‘s production, post-production, multiple trailers, and its debut at South by Southwest in March, as well as multiple release date changes. Wright’s film, which comes out this June, has emerged as one of the more anticipated and buzz-heavy films of this summer. Now, the studio has provided a few new looks at what is sure to be one of the most original films to be released in a summer of sequels.
A 30-second TV teaser was released this week for Baby Driver, debuting on Wright’s own Twitter account. The teaser features lots of car chases, car crashes, gunplay, and a monologue by co-star Kevin Spacey that refers to Ansel Elgort’s character as “Mozart in a go-kart,” which is a possible reference to the old classic rock song ‘Blinded by the Light’.
The trailer was accompanied by a new image from the film, featuring a lightly bearded, nearly unrecognizable Jon Hamm staring menacingly into a car driven by Elgort, wearing headphones; it was featured as part of Yahoo! Movies’ summer movie preview.
Written and directed by Wright, Baby Driver stars Elgort as a young, music-loving getaway driver who’s pulled into working for a criminal kingpin (Spacey). The bulk of the film is built around an elaborate and possibly doomed heist.
There’s a lot to look forward to about Baby Driver. The buzz is strong, with the film earning 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes accolades based off of that SXSW debut. The cast is strong top to bottom, with Spacey, Hamm, Elgort, Lilly James, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Bernthal. Spacey and Hamm, in particular, are both about due for a really big movie role. And Wright is a director whose films are always exciting and worth the time. Hopefully, the movie will find an audience in the midst of a heavy summer movie season.
Source: Edgar Wright/Yahoo! Movies