Baby Driver

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Baby Driver
Baby Driver poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Edgar Wright
Produced by
Written by Edgar Wright
Music by Steven Price
Cinematography Bill Pope
Edited by
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date
  • March 11, 2017 (2017-03-11) (SXSW)
  • June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28) (United States)
Running time
113 minutes[1][2]
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Language English

Baby Driver is a 2017 action romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Edgar Wright and starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. The film follows a young getaway driver (Elgort) who is reluctantly coerced to work for a veteran kingpin (Spacey) at "one last job" in order to have a better life.

The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2017 and is scheduled to be released theatrically on June 28, 2017, by TriStar Pictures.


A young and talented getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the personal beat of his preferred soundtrack to be the best in the world of crime. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a mysterious criminal (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when an ill-fated heist threatens his life, love and chance of freedom.


  • Ansel Elgort as Baby, a young man with a love for music who works as the getaway driver for a rotating crew of bank robbers.[3]
  • Lily James as Debora, a waitress and Baby’s love interest.
  • Kevin Spacey as Doc, the mysterious kingpin of the rag-tag crew of bank robbers and a veteran criminal mastermind.
  • Jon Hamm as Buddy, the handsome party animal and one of the villains, part of the bank robbers gang and a former Wall Street trader.
  • Jamie Foxx as Bats, the impulsive gun-slinging cohort of the bank robbing crew.
  • Jon Bernthal as Griff, one of the bank robbers.
  • Eiza González as Darling, one of the bank robbers, Buddy’s lawless and scandalous girlfriend and partner in crime.[4]
  • Flea as Eddie No-Nose, one of the bank robbers.[5]
  • Sky Ferreira as Baby's mom and the musical angel of his guard.


Edgar Wright has stated that he first had the idea for the film in 1994, however he adapted the film's original planned beginning into a 2003 music video he directed for Mint Royale's "Blue Song",[6] which starred Noel Fielding as a music-loving getaway driver for a group of bank robbers. He later kicked himself when the video became unexpectedly popular.[7]


On July 22, 2014, it was announced that Edgar Wright, who left the project Ant-Man, would next direct Baby Driver for Working Title Films. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Nira Park would produce the film.[8] On January 13, 2015, it was reported that Ansel Elgort was in early talks to join the film, which Sony Pictures Entertainment would release through TriStar Pictures.[9] Emma Stone and Michael Douglas were also being eyed to be cast in the film.[10] On May 7, 2015, Lily James was in talks to join the film for female lead to play a waitress and love interest of Elgort's character.[11][12] Media Rights Capital and TriStar would be co-financing the film together, which Park would produce through her Big Talk Productions and Wright writing the script.[11] On September 8, 2015, Jamie Foxx was reportedly in talks to join the film.[13] On October 20, 2015, Jon Hamm signed on to star in the film to play one of the villains, part of the bank robbers gang and a former Wall Street trader.[12] On November 3, 2015, Kevin Spacey was cast in the film to play the role of the boss of the crew and a veteran criminal.[14] On December 16, 2015, Eiza González joined the film to play one of the bank robbers and Hamm's character's girlfriend.[15] On February 23, 2016, Jon Bernthal was cast as Griff.[16] On January 8, 2017, Wright posted via Twitter that "Streep is in my new movie", deleting the tweet shortly afterward, leading some to speculate that Meryl Streep would appear in Baby Driver.[17]

Principal photography on the film began on February 17 and concluded on May 13, 2016, in Atlanta.[18][19]


In August 2015, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the film would be released on March 17, 2017. It was briefly pushed back to August 11, 2017, before settling on June 28, 2017.[20] It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2017.[21]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100% based on 21 reviews, and an average rating of 8.5/10.[22] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 81 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[23]


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  2. ^ "BABY DRIVER (15)". BBFC. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ "'Baby Driver' Character Descriptions Revealed; Jon Bernthal Joins Edgar Wright's New Film". Collider. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Eiza Gonzalez Joins Ansel Elgort in Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver'". Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Hewitt, Chris. "Baby Driver Trailer Breakdown With Edgar Wright". 
  6. ^ "Video Archives: Blue Song ~ Mint Royale – dir. Edgar Wright (2003)". Edgar Wright Here. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  7. ^ "Edgar Wright Makes a Triumphant Return at SXSW with Baby Driver". Vanity Fair. 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (July 22, 2014). "Comic-Con: Off 'Ant-Man' Hill, Edgar Wright Sets Sights On 'Baby Driver'". Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 13, 2015). "Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' Eyes Ansel Elgort; Sony to Release". Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ Allen, Clark (January 12, 2015). "Ansel Elgort Boards Edgar Wright's Next Film, "Baby Driver"". Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (May 7, 2015). "Lily James to Co-Star in Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver'". Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (October 20, 2015). "Jon Hamm Joins Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver'". Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ Jaafar, Ali (September 8, 2015). "Jamie Foxx In Talks To Board Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver'". Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  14. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (November 3, 2015). "Kevin Spacey Joining 'Baby Driver' & 'Billionaire Boys Club'". Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  15. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 16, 2015). "Eiza Gonzalez Joins Ansel Elgort in Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver'". Variety. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 23, 2016). "Jon Bernthal Joins Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' Ensemble". Deadline. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  17. ^ Wakeman, Gregory (2017-01-09). "Wait, Meryl Streep Is In Edgar Wright's Baby Driver?!". CINEMABLEND. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  18. ^ "Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' Off and Running". Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  19. ^ "Baby Driver: Filming Wraps on Edgar Wright's New Film". Collider. 2016-05-16. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  20. ^ {Gettell, Oliver (March 27, 2017). "Baby Driver release date moves up to June". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  21. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 31, 2017). "SXSW 2017 Lineup: 'Baby Driver', 'Free Fire', 'Muppet Guys Talking' & Docus That Matter In Trump Era". Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Baby Driver (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 14, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Baby Driver reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 14, 2017. 

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