People have been curious what fanboy auteur Edgar Wright would do after exiting his long-gestating Ant-Man project at Marvel back in 2014. He had just come out of a career high, helping pen the script to Steven Spielberg’s 2011 The Adventures of Tintin CG cartoon and rounding out his Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy by directing The World’s End starring his partners in crime Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Wright eventually left Ant-Man over creative differences with the comic book movie studio, and director Peyton Reed stepped in to complete the film, which was released in 2015. But Wright soldiered on with another semi-mysterious project with a seriously stacked cast called Baby Driver. Now, Deadline is reporting a new member of the cast along with an awesome-sounding synopsis.
Jon Bernthal, perhaps most known for his role as Shane on The Walking Dead and as the Punisher in the upcoming second season of Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show, is the newest person to join the cast of Wright’s new action comedy. The only detail about the role is that he’ll be playing a dude named Griff, but knowing Bernthal’s pedigree he’ll probably be playing the heavy.
The rest of the cast is rounded out by names like Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, and Ansel Elgort.
Here’s Deadline’s exclusive synopsis:
“The pic follows a crime boss named Doc (Kevin Spacey), who coerces a young, talented getaway driver known as Baby (Ansel Elgort) to work for him. Baby relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to shield him from the chaos that surrounds him, but he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom. Among Doc’s go-to professionals are Jon Hamm as Buddy the handsome party animal, Eiza Gonzalez as Darling, Buddy’s lawless and scandalous girlfriend and partner in crime, and Jamie Foxx as Bats, the impulsive gun-slinging cohort. Lily James will play Deborah, Baby’s innocent love interest.”
So it sounds like the the kick-ass star-studded throwback action comedy Wright was born to make. Yup, sign us up.
Wright just started shooting the movie in Atlanta, and has been updating his Instagram page with cryptic looks into the shoot, so keep an eye on that in case you want some artsy looks at making a movie.
In the meantime, pop in your DVDs of Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz or Scott Pilgrim because some new Edgar Wright is on its way. Baby Driver is slated for release on March 17, 2017.