‘Baby Driver’ Passes Chinese Censorship

The Edgar Wright passion project adds a musical twist to the fast-paced racing films to which Chinese audiences are accustomed.

Sony Pictures’ Baby Driver, the jukebox musical-action-crime-comedy film written and directed by Edgar Wright, has been approved to show in Chinese cinemas, according to sources familiar with the matter, but a release date is yet to be announced.

Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, and Jon Bernthal, and follows the titular getaway specialist Baby, who finds himself taking part in a heist after being coerced into working for a crime boss.

Promotional materials for Baby Driver have been steadily dripping onto Chinese social media and film news outlets for months, with many local media reports suggesting the film has a strong chance of making it to Chinese mainland theaters.

Films featuring fast cars have tended to do well in the Chinese market with The Fast and The Furious franchise a clear standout. The Fate and the Furious, the eighth installment in the franchise, broke records earlier this year to become the highest-grossing Hollywood film in the country.

Baby Driver, with its story of a getaway driver who relies on his headphones to get the job done and a soundtrack developed simultaneously along with the story, will add a new musical twist to the formula recognized by Chinese cinema viewers.

The film will hit theaters in North America nearly two months earlier than originally planned, moving to June 28 from Aug. 11.