Sunday, 29 November 2015

Kevin Spacey set for Baby Driver and The Billionaire Boys Club

Kevin Spacey (American Beauty) must really want to work with Ansel Elgort (Carrie), with news arriving via Deadline that he is joining Baby Driver and Billionaire Boys Club.

Okay, while it is simply two directors looking to land the Academy Award® winner's services for their films, it is still an intriguing coincidence. Baby Driver, of course, is Edgar Wright's (The World's End) latest, which stars Elgort as a talented young getaway driver who uses his personal soundtrack to be the best in the business. But when a heist he is involved with goes badly wrong, his life is thrown into danger from a dangerous crime boss (Jamie Foxx). Spacey is close to playing the boss of the heist crew, a veteran criminal who has his own team, including Jon Hamm (Mad Men). The cast for that one also includes Lily James (Cinderella) as a waitress our hero meets and falls for. Wright, who has been working on the script for several years, is gearing up to direct probably starting early next year in Atlanta.

As for Billionaire Boys Club, that finds Elgort (again) starring alongside Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) with James Cox (Wonderland) writing and directing. The story follows the true crime tale of Joe Hunt, who built an investment pool that gave him celebrity status in the cash and cocaine rich 1980s Los Angeles. But when his house of cards comes crashing down, he ends up murdering one of his big investors, Ron Levin, which is the role Spacey currently has his eye on.

Those, of course, are still waiting to shoot. But Spacey already has Elvis & Nixon awaiting release alongside businessman becomes cat comedy Nine Lives and DreamWorks Animation's Boss Baby. There is also the small matter of returning as Francis Underwood for the next season of Netflix series House Of Cards.

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