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
Starring
Music by Steven Price
Cinematography Bill Pope
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date
  • March 11, 2017 (2017-03-11) (SXSW)
  • June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28) (United States & United Kingdom)
Running time
113 minutes[1][2]
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Language English

Baby Driver is a 2017 action crime comedy film[3] written and directed by Edgar Wright, starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. The film follows Baby, a young getaway driver who is reluctantly coerced to work for a veteran kingpin in exchange for the start of a better life.

A British-American co-production, the film premiered at South by Southwest on March 11, 2017 and is scheduled to be released theatrically on June 28, 2017, by TriStar Pictures.

Plot[edit]

A young and talented getaway driver named Baby relies on the personal beat of his preferred soundtrack, to be the best in the world of crime, as music heightens his focus and reflexes to extreme levels. A car accident as a child killed both his parents, and left him with permanent tinnitus, which he blocks out using music, he is preferred as a driver by Doc, a mastermind organizer of bank robberies and other high-earning heists.

Cast[edit]

  • 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.[4]
    • Hudson Meek as Young Baby
  • Lily James as Debora, a young waitress and Baby's romantic 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.[5]
  • Flea as Eddie No-Nose, one of the bank robbers.[6]
  • Lanny Joon as JD, one of the bank robbers.
  • Sky Ferreira as Baby's mom and the musical angel of his guard.
  • Big Boi as Restaurant Patron #1.[7]
  • Killer Mike as Restaurant Patron #2.[8]
  • Paul Williams as The Butcher.[9]
  • Jon Spencer as Prison Guard.[10]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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",[11] 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.[12]

Casting[edit]

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.[13] 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.[14] Emma Stone and Michael Douglas were also being eyed to be cast in the film.[15] 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.[16][17] 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.[16]

On September 8, 2015, Jamie Foxx was reportedly in talks to join the film,[18] 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.[17] 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,[19] on December 16, 2015, Eiza González joined the film to play one of the bank robbers and Hamm's character's girlfriend.[20] On February 23, 2016, Jon Bernthal was cast as Griff,[21] 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.[22]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography on the film began on February 17 and concluded on May 13, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.[23][24]

Soundtrack[edit]

Baby Driver (Music from the Motion Picture)
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23)
Length 1:43:53
Label 30th Century Records
Producer Danger Mouse

Baby Driver (Music from the Motion Picture) is the soundtrack album of the film of the same name. The soundtrack was released on June 23, 2017 on CD, vinyl and digital music via the Columbia Records imprint, 30th Century Records.[25] The album features a combinations of artists, ranging from various decades, including Blur, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Queen and Golden Earring.[26]

Track listing[edit]

The soundtrack features three original tracks – 'Easy' by Sky Ferreira, ‘Chase Me’, by Danger Mouse, featuring Run The Jewels and Big Boi and 'Was It Easy?' by Kid Koala.[26]

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Bellbottoms" Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 5:17
2. "Harlem Shuffle" Bob & Earl 2:52
3. "Egyptian Reggae" Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers 2:37
4. "Smokey Joe's La La" Googie Rene 3:02
5. "Let’s Go Away For Awhile" The Beach Boys 2:21
6. "B-A-B-Y" Carla Thomas 2:57
7. "Kashmere" Kashmere Stage Band 4:57
8. "Unsquare Dance" Dave Brubeck 2:00
9. "Neat Neat Neat" The Damned 2:42
10. "Easy (Single Version)" The Commodores 4:16
11. "Debora" T. Rex 3:19
12. "Debra" Beck 5:43
13. "Bongolia" Incredible Bongo Band 2:15
14. "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)" The Detroit Emeralds 3:53
15. "Early In The Morning" Alexis Korner 3:01
16. "The Edge" David McCallum 2:54
17. "Nowhere to Run" Martha and the Vandellas 3:02
18. "Tequila" The Button Down Brass 3:32
19. "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" Sam & Dave 3:16
20. "Every Little Bit Hurts" Brenda Holloway 2:57
21. "Intermission" Blur 2:27
22. "Hocus Pocus (Original Single Version)" Focus 3:18
23. "Radar Love (1973 Single Edit)" Golden Earring 3:44
24. "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" Barry White 4:51
25. "Know How" Young MC 4:02
26. "Brighton Rock" Queen 5:10
27. "Easy" Sky Ferreira 4:28
28. "Baby Driver" Simon & Garfunkel 3:16
29. "Was He Slow (Credit Roll Version)" Kid Koala 1:47
30. "Chase Me" Danger Mouse featuring Run the Jewels and Big Boi 3:27
Total length: 1:43:53

Release[edit]

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.[27] It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2017.[28]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 98% based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 8.3/10.[29] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 84 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[30]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "BABY DRIVER (15)". BBFC. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
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  5. ^ "Eiza Gonzalez Joins Ansel Elgort in Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’". Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Hewitt, Chris. "Baby Driver Trailer Breakdown With Edgar Wright". 
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  9. ^ "Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Edgar Wright couldn't get enough of Atlanta while shooting ‘Baby Driver'". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Edgar Wright couldn't get enough of Atlanta while shooting ‘Baby Driver'". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Video Archives: Blue Song ~ Mint Royale – dir. Edgar Wright (2003)". Edgar Wright Here. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  12. ^ "Edgar Wright Makes a Triumphant Return at SXSW with Baby Driver". Vanity Fair. 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  13. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (July 22, 2014). "Comic-Con: Off ‘Ant-Man’ Hill, Edgar Wright Sets Sights On ‘Baby Driver’". deadline.com. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 13, 2015). "Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ Eyes Ansel Elgort; Sony to Release". variety.com. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  15. ^ Allen, Clark (January 12, 2015). "Ansel Elgort Boards Edgar Wright's Next Film, "Baby Driver"". tracking-board.com. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (May 7, 2015). "Lily James to Co-Star in Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’". variety.com. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (October 20, 2015). "Jon Hamm Joins Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  18. ^ Jaafar, Ali (September 8, 2015). "Jamie Foxx In Talks To Board Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’". deadline.com. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  19. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (November 3, 2015). "Kevin Spacey Joining ‘Baby Driver’ & ‘Billionaire Boys Club’". deadline.com. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  20. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 16, 2015). "Eiza Gonzalez Joins Ansel Elgort in Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’". Variety. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  21. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 23, 2016). "Jon Bernthal Joins Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ Ensemble". Deadline. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  22. ^ Wakeman, Gregory (2017-01-09). "Wait, Meryl Streep Is In Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver?!". CINEMABLEND. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  23. ^ "Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ Off and Running". www.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  24. ^ "Baby Driver: Filming Wraps on Edgar Wright's New Film". Collider. 2016-05-16. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  25. ^ Roffman, Michael. "Soundtrack to Baby Driver spans 30 tracks and multiple decades". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  26. ^ a b Connick, Tom. "Queen, Blur, The Beach Boys and more join ‘Baby Driver’ soundtrack". NME. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  27. ^ {Gettell, Oliver (March 27, 2017). "Baby Driver release date moves up to June". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  28. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 31, 2017). "SXSW 2017 Lineup: ‘Baby Driver’, ‘Free Fire’, ‘Muppet Guys Talking’ & Docus That Matter In Trump Era". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Baby Driver (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Baby Driver reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 

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