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Baby Driver Director Edgar Wright on casting Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx- Cinema express

They absolutely loved the script: Edgar Wright

The Baby Driver director says Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx loved the script

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Published: 15th June 2017

Edgar Wright, the British filmmaker behind such hits as Shaun of the DeadHot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs the World and The World’s End has amassed fans worldwide for his idiosyncratic approach to moviemaking, breathing new life into seemingly immutable Hollywood genres. His new film, Baby Driver, is no exception. Here star Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), stars as the eponymous Baby, a getaway driver who – unbeknownst to his new girlfriend, Deborah (Downton Abbey’s Lily James) – is conscripted by Kevin Spacey’s Doc into an all-star crew of bank robbers including Jamie Foxx (Bats), Michael Peter Balzary (aka Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers), Jon Bernthal (Griff) and the gun-toting husband and wife team of Buddy and Darling (played by Jon Hamm and Mexican actress, Eiza Gonzalez).

The film sees an exciting ensemble of super star actors such as Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey and Jon Hamm, and the director reveals how they got on board!

"When you approach people like Jamie and Kevin, you don’t know necessarily what their response is going to be. The great news was that they absolutely loved the script and their parts," says Edgar. If  Kevin and Jamie had said no, there might not be a Baby Driver, according to him.

"I actually had an out-of-body experience on the first day that we were shooting. We'd already rehearsed it. The first scene we did was this scene with Kevin [Spacey] and Ansel outside this restaurant. Just watching Kevin rip through this dialogue, I was completely entranced. And then I’d remember, 'Oh yeah, I wrote this' It was a real trip watching Kevin Spacey saying my dialogue. Jamie was an absolute dream as well," he gushes. 

Edgar goes on to say, "Sometimes with these movies and you see a cast like this and then you see the movie it’s like, 'Oh they just shot for two days and it’s just an extended cameo.' But they are in the movie the whole way through. The core of the film is an ensemble thriller with Jamie, Kevin, Jon, Ansel, and Eiza. It was amazing to have them all."

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