A new featurette has arrived for Edgar Wright’s upcoming film Baby Driver, focusing on Baby, played by Ansel Elgort (Allegiant), and his white-knuckle, full speed ahead stunt driving. The new film arrives in late June and Sony isn’t missing any opportunity to show off the wild onscreen car chases, the likes of which were performed (for the most part) without the use of wires, rigs or green screens.
Wright’s latest film is his first since he finished off his beloved Cornetto Trilogy back in 2013 with The World’s End. After moving past the controversy that saw him split ways from Ant-Man, anticipation has been high for Baby Driver and with each subsequent glimpse of the new film, the intensity and action of this latest effort becomes clearer. Indeed, from the looks of things, Baby Driver is set to put audiences in the driver’s seat of a fast paced crime thriller.
There’s no better proof of the intensity behind Baby Driver’s stunt driving than this new featurette, courtesy of Sony. In it, we’re provided with some great insight into the training as well as the outright fun that Ansel Elgort, as well as John Hamm (Minions) and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea all enjoyed during the film’s production. Wright is also on hand to assure viewers that his intent all along was to let audiences feel the car chases by living vicariously through the character of Baby.
Baby Driver tells the story of Baby, a young man who suffers from tinnitus, a condition that produces a ringing in the ears. In order to cover up this ringing, Baby is plugged into a steady soundtrack while hiring out his skills as a getaway driver for some pretty unsavory characters. Things change for Baby, however, when he meets Deborah (Lily James – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and decides that he wants to retire from the world of crime. Unfortunately for Baby, his boss (Kevin Spacey) has different ideas. With plenty of action, a stacked soundtrack hand-picked by Wright and a cast that also includes Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal (Daredevil) and Eiza González (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Baby Driver is looking like a potential hit for Wright.
But of course, the film won’t be without its own share of competition this summer. Audiences will have a large selection of heavy hitters to choose from come June, with the likes of Wonder Woman, The Mummy, Cars 3 and Transformers 5 (to name but a few titles) all providing some strong competition at the box office. Wright’s films are typically low-key affairs in that they perform well, but tend to be slow burns that find their audience amongst an already established cult following. It’s been a while since Wright had a film that took general audiences by storm (arguably not since 2004’s Shaun of the Dead), meaning that while Baby Driver might succeed, it won’t necessarily win the box office race.
That being said, the summer movie season is a tricky one that is always filled with at least a handful of surprises. Given last year’s rather disappointing summer movie lineup, audiences just might be extra hungry for something new. And while Baby Driver won’t feature 3D CG spectacles, it does appear to have some pretty intense driving stunts – the likes of which could merge seamlessly with the director’s knack for intriguing storytelling and all around compelling filmmaking.