It's been far too long since we had a new Edgar Wright joint to look forward to, but the time has come to flip the switch on the hype machine: Baby Driver, Wright's musical-action-crime-thriller hybrid, arrives next summer.
Today, Entertainment Weekly's got our first look at the film, which stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, Jamie Foxx, Eiza González, and Kevin Spacey.
Let's take a look.
Baby Driver concerns a professional getaway driver (Elgort) who decides to abandon his criminal career upon meeting the girl of his dreams. But, wait, there's a twist: according to EW, Elgort's character "suffers from tinnitus and the movie’s action is choreographed to the music he plays to drown out the ringing in his ears" (if it wasn't obvious, this is where the film's musical element comes in).
EW's also got a great quote from Wright about what inspired him to make the film:
“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.”
Wright goes on to say that the film's soundtrack contains 35 songs (he declines to say what they may be beyond the fact that the setlist is "eclectic"), and that Baby Driver isn't necessarily 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.”
All of this sounds great to us. Can't wait to see the first trailer for this thing, if only to get an idea what it'll look like in action.
Baby Driver arrives on August 8th, 2017. Stay tuned for more on this one as it becomes available.