Due to the global pandemic, the release schedules of many movies have been shifted. One film that had already been affected is Edgar Wright’s upcoming psychological thriller Last Night in Soho, which was initially set to release this Fall. A new release date has now been revealed by Wright and the film has targeted an April 2021 release date.
Beloved director Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated horror thriller features a star-studded cast that includes Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Dian Rigg (Game of Thrones), Terence Stamp (Superman: The Movie), Michael Ajao (Attack the Block), Synnove Karlsen (Medici), Jessie Mei Li (All About Eve), Lisa McGrills (Hebburn), James and Oliver Phelps (Harry Potter), and Rita Tushingham (The Pale Horse).
Focus Features Last Night in Soho is written and directed by Edgar Wright, with a screenplay co-written by 1917 scribe Krysty Wilson-Cairns. The film follows a young girl (McKenzie) who is passionate about fashion design. She’s mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time itself seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
Baby Driver director Wright recently took to Twitter to reveal that the movie “is not quite finished yet” due to Covid-19, but he’s excited to bring it to fans to experience it in theatres on April 23, 2021. That is seven months after its original September 25, 2020 release date.
He also attached a brand new still from the movie featuring Taylor-Joy and Smith in their 60’s style apparel standing in front of an old-fashioned rotary phone under moody lighting, which offers us a morsel about which characters will reside in the film’s two timelines. One time period in the 1960s and the other being a modern setting.
We previously got a first look image featuring star Thomasin McKenzie when Wright tweeted after the movie production wrapped and she looked a little spooked. In that still, McKenzie was sporting some dark eye makeup and blonde hair. But the look in her eyes is pure fear, as she recoils from something out of the frame.
Edgar Wright & Anya Taylor-Joy on Last Night in Soho
Not much is revealed about the characters and film’s abstract approach to time travel. According to the filmmaker in a interview with Empire, his new movie is in the spirit of classic psychological thrillers like, Don’t Look Now and Repulsion. This is the first directing project for Wright since the critical and commercial success of Baby Driver, which also getting a sequel.
“I realised I had never made a film about central London – specifically Soho, somewhere I’ve spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years…With Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead, you make movies about places you’ve lived in. This movie is about the London I’ve existed in.”
“Not to say much about the movie, but when I watch bits of it back in ADR or whatever I am disturbed. It’s very claustrophobic. The colors are so intense. It’s a really well-directed acid trip. I think people will really like it. You definitely will not be bored.”
In a new interview with Empire, Edgar Wright opened up a bit about his mysterious horror movie
“There’s something I have in common with the lead character in that I’m afflicted with nostalgia for a decade I didn’t live in,” Wright says, referring to the modern-day character Eloise played by Thomasin McKenzie. The period McKenzie is nostalgic for is the 1960s – a time period inhabited by Anya Taylor-Joy’s character Sandy in the movie.
You think about ‘60s London – what would that be like? Imagine if you knew everything you knew now, and went back. I’m taking a premise whereby you have a character who, in a sort of abstract way, gets to travel in time. And the reality of the decade is maybe not what she imagines. It has an element of ‘be careful what you wish for’.
Unfortunately, we have to wait a little longer to find out what really happened Last Night in Soho. This film is produced by Nira Park (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Edgar Wright, and Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan (Baby Driver) and Eric Fellner (Hot Fuzz). Universal Pictures International will release this film worldwide on April 23, 2020
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