Why was Baby Driver, the new film from Edgar Wright, shot in Atlanta even though the film is set in Los Angeles? The answer is more than tax credits.
As most people in the film industry know, Georgia’s tax credits make us quite an inviting production location. However, for Wright it was also the decision of Georgia representatives to accommodate some of his unconventional shooting ideas. Wright wanted to film car chases with wild shooting during the day according to Biz Journal. Wright notes that with banks being open in the daytime, a daylight chase scene was necessary to maintain realism, as the film revolves around bank heists.
“I think there are real visceral pleasures to watching a somewhat real car chase and that’s what we tried to do — real fast driving and real amazing stunt work happening, and on residential streets as well.,” Wright said. “We did these on weekdays in Atlanta instead of weekends on the freeway. So that added a huge organizational challenge on the stunts and location departments.”
Unlike many contemporary action films, Wright had his actors in the car chase scenes instead of stunt drivers, and is a fan of shooting these scenes on location.
The film is about a young getaway driver (played by Ansel Elgort) who is coaxed to work on a heist for a crime boss. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Lily James, Jon Hamm, and Kevin Spacey.