Just weeks after winning his first Emmy Award for the final season of Mad Men, Jon Hamm has signed on to star in writer-director Edgar Wright's new action-comedy Baby Driver. Variety reports that Jamie Foxx has also joined the cast, which includes Ansel Elgort and Lily James. No details were given for Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx's characters at this time.
The story centers on a young getaway driver, dubbed "Baby" due to his boyish looks, who uses his own "personal soundtrack" as he strives to become the best in this illicit business. His life is turned upside down when he's coerced into working for a mafia boss, and, after a heist goes bad, he is forced to go on the run, putting his life on the line. The story is partially inspired by the music video for Mint Royale's Blue Song. Edgar Wright directed the video in 2003, one year before his breakout hit Shaun of the Dead hit theaters.
Edgar Wright is directing from his own screenplay, with Working Title's Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan producing along with Nira Park through her Big Talk Productions. Nira Park has produced all of Edgar Wright's feature films, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and The World's End. She also served as an executive producer on the cult classic TV series Spaced alongside Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg.
Jon Hamm most recently lent his voice to the animated blockbuster Minions, which has taken in over $1 billion at the box office worldwide. He will next be seen in Keeping Up with the Joneses alongside Gal Gadot and Zach Galifianakis, and he recently signed on to star in High Wire Act for director Brad Anderson (Stonehearst Asylum). He has also been attached to The Incredible Mr. Limpet, but we haven't heard anything about that project since director Richard Linklater backed out last August.
Director Edgar Wright is expected to start production sometime next year, with Working Title Films already setting a March 17, 2017 release date, where it will be going up against Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast adaptation. Baby Driver has been in development since 2008, but now it seems that this long-gestating project is finally moving forward. Are you looking forward to seeing what Edgar Wright has up his sleeve with Baby Driver?