Ansel Elgort in Early Talks to Lead Edgar Wright's Next 'Baby Driver'
Last summer, within a couple days of each other, director Edgar Wright hdd two new projects percolating to take the spot of his next film, following his departure from the Marvel Studios film Ant-Man. First up was an original project called Baby Driver, which has been on the backburner since as far back as 2009, and then there was an adaptation of the young adult novel Grasshopper Jungle. Well, it looks like the former may win out as his next film as Variety reports Working Title has closed a deal with MRC (Media Rights Capital) to produce and finance the film, and they're already in early talks with a lead actor. More below!
Ansel Elgort is riding quite a wave after playing the love interest in the tragic romance adaptation The Fault in Our Stars, and now he's in early talks to take the lead in Wright's film. Reportedly, Elgort beat out other young stars like Fury supporting actor Logan Lerman and Star Wars: The Force Awakens hero John Boyega. Working Title has a great relationship with Edgar Wright, having just worked with him on The World's End, and while they do have a deal with Universal, there's no studio on board the project at this time. Few details are known about Baby Driver except that it's called "a collision of crime, action, music and sound.” We just can't wait to get another new film from Wright. Sound good?
UPDATE: THR reports Tom Rothman's TriStar Pictures has boarded the project, and they also describes the story as following a 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. Sounds like there's the potential for a lot of cool Wright-directed action there. And it also sounds like something very different for Elgort as well.