For all of you out there who are still suffering from Mad Men withdrawals—and I count myself among you—we’ve got a little bit of news that should brighten up your day: actor Jon Hamm has joined the cast of Edgar Wright‘s new movie Baby Driver in an as-yet-unspecified role.
Although Hamm has worked since Mad Men ended filming, they’ve mostly been smaller roles, and mostly on television, like a few episodes this year of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the new Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix. Baby Driver would be his first high profile movie since Mad Men ended, and his first high profile movie period since the baseball movie Million Dollar Arm last year (voice over work in Minions and Spongebob not withstanding).
Edgar Wright’s new movie Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort as the title character, who is described as a getaway driver who has his own personal soundtrack playing in his earbuds at all times, making the movie a sort of musical comedy. Along with Elgort, Jamie Foxx is also starring in the film, as is Cinderella star Lily James who some television viewers might know better as Lady Rose on Downton Abbey.
Even if Jon Hamm’s part in the film isn’t all that big, as fans of the movie Bridesmaids know, he can do a lot with a little bit of screen time, as he often stole the scenes he shared with Kristen Wiig, as her charcter’s smarmy “friend with benefits.” Actually, he called himself something else in that movie, but we’re gonna keep it PG-13 up in here today. But your iPhone would autocorrect it as “Duck Buddy.” Baby Driver is set to start shooting soon, and already has a March 17, 2017 release date.
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