Elgort will play a skilled getaway driver who is coerced into working for a crime boss on a doomed heist that threatens his life and freedom, as well as his love interest, who will be played by James.
Sony’s TriStar label is co-financing “Baby Driver” with MRC and will handle worldwide distribution.
Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are producing with Wright’s frequent collaborator Nira Park of Big Talk Productions. TriStar executives David Beaubaire and Nicole Brown will oversee the project for the studio.
James starred on “Downton Abbey” before landing the title role in Disney’s “Cinderella,” which just crossed the $500 million mark worldwide. She’ll soon be seen in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
James is represented by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management, and her casting was first reported by Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail.