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The song that begat 'Baby Driver,' a quasi-musical on wheels

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/22/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
This image released by Sony Pictures shows Ansel Elgort, right, and Jamie Foxx in a scene from "Baby Driver," in theaters on Aug. 11. (Wilson Webb/Sony/TriStar Pictures via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Sony Pictures shows Ansel Elgort, right, and Jamie Foxx in a scene from "Baby Driver," in theaters on Aug. 11. (Wilson Webb/Sony/TriStar Pictures via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — A young Edgar Wright heard a movie 22 years ago in the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion song "Bellbottoms."

Director Edgar Wright poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Baby Driver' in London, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Director Edgar Wright poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Baby Driver' in London, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

When Wright first started obsessively listening to the track in 1995, the British writer-director visualized a car chase set to it. More than two decades later, that epiphany has culminated with his new film, "Baby Driver."

Actors Ansel Elgort, left, and Lily James pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Baby Driver' in London, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actors Ansel Elgort, left, and Lily James pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Baby Driver' in London, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Ansel Elgort plays a fresh-faced getaway driver who obsessively syncs his car chases to the music on his iPod. "Bellbottoms" kick-starts the movie's first scene.

It's an especially high-profile role in one of the summer's best-reviewed releases for a band that has for decades proudly lived in the underground.

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