Just two days ago we got wind of a potential synopsis for Edgar Wright’s upcoming film Baby Driver. While we weren’t 100% sure of its veracity at the time, now we have an updated synopsis and a few comments from TriStar’s Tom Rothman on the project. While there’s no confirmation on Ansel Elgort‘s casting yet, I have a feeling that piece of news will stick. The synopsis itself is pretty cool, and more than reminds me of an aspect of Hudson Hawk (I mean this in a complimentary manner).
You’ll recall that Wright departed Ant-Man early last year and chose Baby Driver as his next film shortly thereafter. Obviously an Edgar Wright Marvel movie would have been cool, but Ant-Man is in the capable hands of Peyton Reed and we’re getting a pure Wright film instead. Everyone wins. Hit the jump for the updated Baby Driver synopsis, some comments from Rothman, and more.
Per Variety, here’s an updated Baby Driver synopsis:
[The] plot follows a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
They also have TriStar head Tom Rothman commenting on the film:
“We’re delighted to be riding shotgun as Edgar Wright takes the wheel of his next film. TriStar is in the business of backing original voices, and he is all that. Working Title are great producers and MRC great partners. They and Edgar are making the ultimate rock-and-roll car chase film, and together we’re buckled up and ready to go.”
Now, here’s a bit I wouldn’t have come across otherwise so props to Slashfilm for pointing it out. Back in 2003 Edgar Wright directed a music video with a strikingly similar theme. Check it out:
Now check out this scene from Hudson Hawk (which features a conceit that pops up throughout the film):
Wright loves homage, so I wouldn’t expect Hudson Hawk influence the Baby Driver aesthetic beyond the tip of a hat, but it’s still a welcome reference.