Entertainment Weekly has debuted the first photos from the upcoming film, Baby Driver, featuring Jamie Foxx, Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm and Elsa Gonzalez.
Baby Driver centers on Ansel Elgort’s character, a young getaway driver who tries to leave his life of crime after meeting his dream girl (Lily James). What makes this young driver unique is that he suffers from tintinus, which causes ringing in the ears, and the plot is set to a diverse soundtrack that this driver plays through his headphones, to drown out the ringing in his ears.
Here’s what Edgar Wright had to say about why he wanted to make this film, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I always wanted to do an action movie that was powered by music. It’s something that’s very much a part of my previous films and I thought of this idea of how to take that a stage further by having a character who listens to music the entire time. So, you have this young getaway driver who has to soundtrack his entire existence, particularly the bank robberies and fast getaways that come afterwards.”
The filmmaker revealed that he will wait until closer to the release to reveal the songs used in Baby Driver.
“I’ll wait until nearer the time [of release]. You don’t want somebody to go, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea for this advert that comes out three months before!’ It’s quite a wide range of music, though. There’s about 35 songs in the movie and they range from very famous to more obscure. It’s supposed to reflect the character’s extremely eclectic taste in music.”
The director also revealed that it’s an “action crime film,” and while there is humor in the film, it isn’t a comedy.
“It’s funny in places but it’s not a comedy. It gets genuinely tense and threatening. That was actually a fun thing for me — to do dramatic or thriller scenes which just up the ante.”
Baby Driver will be released August 11.