After much acclaim at its debut at SXSW earlier this year, buzz musically-driven heist Film Baby Driver from Writer/Director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) is shifting into high gear. By no means a stranger to Toronto, Wright‘s affinity for our city is well-documented, having made and premiered his cult hit Scott Pilgrim vs. The World here back in 2009 and 2010, the Film proudly set in the city.
Baby Driver boasts an A-List cast, fronted in the titular role by promising young talent Ansel Elgort (The Fault in our Stars) which sees his character, a runaway driver, coerced into working for a mysterious criminal named Doc (Kevin Spacey) in an ill-fated heist which both could help him start afresh and also destroy everything he has including his burgeoning romance with Debora (Lily James). Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal and Eiza González star also.
Our Siobhán Rich had the pleasure of chatting with Wright about the Film at its recent Premiere here in Toronto. She chats with him about his return to the city, the music that is so integral to the Film and his love for Poutine!
Baby Driver was a massive hit at SXSW where it premiered. Can you tell us about what inspired this Movie?
Wright: “It‘s basically my dream Movie of combining action and music together. I’ve been thinking about it in some form for over 20 years, so it’s exciting having it exist not only in my head but also in cinemas.”.
Music is so important in this Movie and some of the songs are specifically mentioned in the script. Did you already have clearance on all the music before shooting?
Wright: “We didn’t shoot anything without clearing anything first.”.
Were there any songs you couldn’t get?
Wright: “Nothing really famous, some dance songs had samples in them that were not clearable.”.
What is it about Toronto that keeps drawing you back?
Wright: “This is my first time here in four years actually. I wish I came here more often. I did film Scott Pilgrim here eight years ago.”.
Of course, you have the Cornetto trilogy. Do you think we can get you back here for a few more movies? The Poutine Trilogy, perhaps?