Tom Rothman's TriStar, MRC Teaming Up for Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver'
Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions is teaming with MRC for Edgar Wright's next film, Baby Driver. Fault in Our Stars actor Ansel Elgort is eyeing the lead role, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The story, an original idea of Wright's, centers on a getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
Working Title and Nira Park are producing. MRC and TriStar are co-financing the project 50-50.
"We're delighted to be riding shotgun as Edgar Wright takes the wheel of his next film," said Rothman. "TriStar is in the business of backing original voices, and he is all that. Working Title are great producers and MRC great partners. They and Edgar are making the ultimate rock-and-roll car chase film and together we’re buckled up and ready to go."
Elgort, who is also a DJ on the side, will next be seen in YA sequel Insurgent. He's repped by CAA, Brookside Artist Management and Morris Yorn.
Ansel Elgort Closes Deal to Star in Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’
“The Fault in Our Stars” actor Ansel Elgort has closed a deal to star in Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver,” sources confirm.
Plot follows a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
Wright will write and direct “Baby Driver,” with Working Title principals Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan producing along with Nira Park through her Big Talk Productions. David Beaubaire and Nicole Brown are overseeing for TriStar.
“Baby Driver” will see a 50/50 financing split between MRC and TriStar, with TriStar handling worldwide distribution.
Variety was the first to report that Elgort was in early discussions to star in the high-octane thriller. The 21-year-old thesp needed to work out his schedule for the next “Divergent” film, “Allegiant,” before officially signing on for “Baby Driver.”
Working Title has previously worked with Wright on several features, including his comedy “The World’s End,” and Hollywood has been eagerly awaiting his next project since he exited “Ant-Man” last summer. Rothman has also had a long-standing relationship with Wright and fought hard to land “Baby Driver.”
Elgort is repped by CAA and can be seen next in “November Criminals” opposite Chloe Moretz.