The Cinderella and Downton Abbey star will play the female lead in Wright's new crime thriller

Lily James, who is known for playing Lady Rose MacClare in the BBC period drama Downton Abbey, and for taking the titular role in Kenneth Branagh's recent live-action Cinderella adaptation, has been cast as the female lead in Edgar Wright's forthcoming crime thriller Baby Driver.

James will be starring alongside Ansel Elgor (The Fault In Our Stars, The Divergent Series). According to new plot details, released today, Elgort's character will be a "young, mute getaway driver" who suffers from a hearing-related medical issue, and must constantly play music in order to escape a ringing noise in his ears. James's character has not yet been specified.

Director Wright is best known for his "Cornetto trilogy", which began 11 years ago with "romzomcom" Shaun of the Dead, continued with action romp Hot Fuzz in 2007, and finished with the  Invasion of the Body Snatchers-esque comedy The World's End in 2013. All three films starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and featured a reference to Cornetto ice creams.

Last year, Wright hit the headlines after he pulled out of directing Marvel's Ant-Man, citing creative differences with Disney. (He was replaced by The Break-Up's Peyton Reed).

Baby Driver, which Wright has described as  "a collision of crime, action, music and sound", currently has no release date. The film's title is the name of an album track from the 1970 Simon and Garfunkel album Bridge Over Troubled Water.