by: Clark Allen
Ansel Elgort has been offered the starring role in Edgar Wright’s next film, BABY DRIVER. The film has been described in the past as a collision of crime, action, music and sound. The film’s storyline, which has largely been kept under wraps until this point, follows a music-obsessed, quiet young man who works as the driver for a rotating group of bank robbers and finds himself on the run when things go sour. Elgort’s the top choice to play the lead character Baby, a baby-faced, quiet young man. I’m also hearing that Emma Stone is the top pick to play Baby’s love interest and that Michael Douglas is the prime choice to play Baby’s mentor. The news of Douglas’s casting comes as no surprise since the actor has publicly expressed interest in working with Wright, which almost occurred with Marvel’s Ant-Man. This project is Wright’s first film following his departure from Ant-Man. Wright wrote the script and will direct for Working Title Films. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner a will produce, along with Nira Park.
Elgort has quickly risen to prominence in the last two years, with the young actor landing star-making roles in Carrie, Divergent, and The Fault in Our Stars. He mostly recently starred in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children. Up next, he’ll star The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Part 1, November Criminals, and as the lead in Van Cliburn.