On the eve of production firing up on Edgar Wright’s crime drama Baby Driver, Daredevil actor Jon Bernthal has inked a deal to join the director’s enviable ensemble.
Deadline has the scoop, revealing that Bernthal is on board to play Griff, a key member of the star-studded picture that revolves around Ansel Elgort’s baby-faced getaway driver – hence the title. Partly inspired by the music video for Mint Royale’s “Blue Song” music video, one which Wright himself directed, Baby Driver has Elgort’s gifted speedster carry out a series of white-knuckle rides for different mobsters.
A hearing condition and his trusty personal soundtrack is enough for our unlikely hero to blur out the white noise, but things go from bad to life-threatening after one planned heist is sent careering off the rails, and it seems to have something to do with Kevin Spacey’s criminal kingpin, Doc.
Written and directed Wright, Baby Driver has pulled together a genuinely brilliant lineup, with Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame on board as Buddy, Lily James (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as potential love interest Deborah, Eiza Gonzalez as Darling and Jamie Foxx as gun-toting cohort, Bats. Bernthal, on the other hand, can next be seen setting Hell’s Kitchen alight in Daredevil season 2 – just don’t hold your breath for that rumored Punisher spinoff series.
After propelling Edgar Wright’s career to the stratosphere across the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, Working Title Films is partnering with TriStar for Baby Driver, and now that casting is complete, the writer-director has got the cameras rolling in Atlanta.