Edgar Wright Tested Baby Driver As A Music Video First

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Baby Driver has definitely won over critics and audiences with its release. With a charming cast, a slick production, and a soundtrack that makes it an opera, the film will probably be a darling for years.

It definitely was a very Edgar Wright kind of movie.

Even with his name, however, one does have to wonder what the proof of concept for such a film looks like.

Simple. He did a music video.

Directing the music video for “Blue Song” by Mint Royale, Wright showed that this film could work. In the music video, Mint Royale member and comedian Noel Fielding grooves to a song while waiting for a team of criminals (Michael Smiley, Nick Frost, and Julian Barratt) to get into his getaway car.

Wright told Entertainment Weekly about the reception to the video amongst those who knew about Baby Driver.

“We had a little screening and people came with whom I had been talking about Baby Driver for years. It’s funny when you see them and it’s like, ‘This is it! This is the thing I was telling you about!’ Like, J.J. [Abrams] was there, and seven years ago, at the Los Angeles Film Festival, he was doing a sort of career talk with me, and he specifically wanted to show the Mint Royale video. While we were showing it to the audience, J.J. leaned over to me and whispered, ‘You know, I think this would make a great movie.’ And I whispered back, ‘I am way ahead of you! I started writing it already!’”

And it certainly did make a great movie.

Check out the music video below.

Baby Driver is out in theatres.

Bec Heim