Edgar Howard Wright (born April 18, 1974) is an English film director, screenwriter and producer. He is known for his fast-paced and kinetic, satirical genre films, which feature extensive utilization of expressive popular music, Steadicam tracking shots, dolly zooms and a signature editing style that includes transitions, whip pans and wipes. He began making independent short films before making his first feature film A Fistful of Fingers (1995). Wright created and directed the comedy series Asylum in 1996, written with David Walliams. After directing several other television shows, he directed the sitcom Spaced (1999–2001), which aired for two series and starred frequent collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Wright directed the zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead (2004), starring Pegg, Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, and Penelope Wilton; the first film in Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. The film was co-written with Pegg—as were the next two entries in the trilogy, the buddy cop film Hot Fuzz (2007), with Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Timothy Dalton, Billie Whitelaw, Edward Woodward, Bill Bailey, Olivia Coleman, and Paul Freeman; and the science fiction comedy The World’s End (2013), with Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan, and David Bradley.
Wright also co-wrote and directed the action comedy film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), with Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Ellen Wong, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman; an adaptation of the graphic novel series. Along with Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat, he adapted The Adventures of Tintin (2011) directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Frost, and Pegg.
Wright and Cornish co-wrote the screenplay for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Ant-Man (2015), with Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, and Michael Douglas; which Wright intended to direct but abandoned, citing creative differences. His latest film, the action film Baby Driver (2017), with Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Eiza González, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Bernthal; before filming commenced on his next feature Last Night in Soho (2021), with Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, and Terence Stamp.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- I Want to Get into the Movies (1988) – director, writer, producer – short
- Catholic Soap (1988) – director, writer, producer – short
- The Unparkables (1988) – director, writer, producer – short
- Rolf Harris Saves the World (1988) – director, writer, producer, voice – short
- Dead Right (1993) – director, writer, producer, actor – short
- A Fistful of Fingers (1995) – director, writer, cameo
- Shaun of the Dead (2004)* – director, co-writer, uncredited actor
- Land of the Dead (2005) – directed by George A. Romero – cameo
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) – directed by Garth Jennings – uncredited actor
- Hot Fuzz (2007)* – director, co-writer, uncredited voices
- Son of Rambow (2007) – directed by Garth Jennings – actor
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)* – director, co-writer, co-producer
- Attack the Block (2011) – directed by Joe Cornish – executive producer
- The Adventures of Tintin (2011)* – directed by Steven Spielberg – co-writer
- Sightseers (2012) – directed by Ben Wheatley – executive producer
- The World’s End (2013)* – director, co-writer, uncredited voice
- Ant-Man (2015)* – directed by Peyton Reed – co-writer, executive producer
- Sing (2016)* – directed by Garth Jennings & Christophe Lourdelet – voice
- Baby Driver (2017) – director, writer, executive producer, uncredited actor
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)* – directed by Rian Johnson – uncredited actor
- The Sparks Brothers (2021) – director, co-producer – documentary
- Last Night in Soho (2021) – director, co-writer, co-producer