Jon Hamm Is Joining Lily James, Ansel Elgort and Jamie Foxx in Baby Driver

Posted by at 2:53 am on October 21, 2015

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After electing not to direct Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man last year, Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World’s End) has been moving forward with his own original feature, the musical actioner Baby Driver.

Now Baby Driver has scored a new headliner in “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm. Variety reports that Jon Hamm will star in an undisclosed role opposite Lily James (“Downton Abbey”, Cinderella), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent) and Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).

Baby Driver features Elgort as a young man (called Baby because of his youthful face) who works as a getaway driver for different bank robbers. One day, he gets into trouble when a bank robbery goes wrong, putting him on the run from various parties. The story is partly inspired by the “Blue Song” music video, which Wright directed for the band Mint Royale in 2003.

Jon Hamm was recently awarded a Golden Globe for his performance as Don Draper on the final season of AMC’s immensely popular “Mad Men.” He can next be seen on the big screen in director Brad Anderson’s High Wire Act. That film, which is scripted by Tony Gilroy, follows Jon Hamm as a U.S. diplomat who has to save a former colleague from the group responsible for his own family’s death. Rosamund Pike, who starred in Wright’s last movie, The World’s End, co-stars.

Working Title Films – the producers and financiers of the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” (i.e. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End) – is teaming with MRC (Ted) to finance Baby Driver. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will be producing along with Wright’s regular producing partner Nira Park.

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