Edgar Wright has cast Anya Taylor-Joy in his psychological horror-thriller, Last Night in Soho. Wright's last film, the crime thriller Baby Driver, was one of his biggest successes yet. The movie, which synchronizes a catchy soundtrack with high-octane action to tell a compelling story, was regarded as an artistic breakthrough for the filmmaker and grossed $227 million at the worldwide box office (a record for Wright), back in summer 2017. Wright has since gotten to work on writing Baby Driver 2 and, by the look of things, full intends to make the sequel at some point in the future.
First, however, Wright is going to direct a psycho-horror-thriller that he wrote with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful). While Wright made his plans official just last month, the film didn't have a proper title or confirmed cast at the time of his announcement. Since then, however, it's gotten a name and has found one of its leads, ahead of production getting started this summer.
According to Variety, Taylor-Joy is set to play one of the leads in Wright's next film. The outlet has also learned the movie is titled Last Night in Soho and, as Wright previously confirmed, will take place primarily in London's Soho district.
Taylor-Joy has quickly become a modern scream queen since her breakout turn three years ago in Robert Eggers' The Witch and subsequent role as the traumatized young woman Casey Cooke in M. Night Shyamalan's films Split and Glass. It's exciting to hear she will continue to collaborate on filmmaker-driven thrillers in the future, especially one as intriguing as Last Night in Soho. So far, Wright has avoided revealing much of anything about the project, other than it was inspired by classic psycho-horror-thrillers like Don't Look Now and Repulsion. He's further teased that Last Night in Soho will be the first movie he's made about "the London I've existed in" - something that suggests it could end up being his most personal film yet.
Naturally, with details like that, Wright's fans will want to know when Last Night in Soho will (or, rather, could) hit theaters. The film doesn't have a date at the moment, but a 2020 release appears likely, assuming it begins shooting this year as planned. Focus and Working Title are producing the movie, but they generally don't announce their release dates too far in advance (unlike other studios). Still, assuming Last Night in Soho is ready to go next year, it stands to make 2019's already-interesting horror-thriller lineup - including, Piercing director Nicolas Pesce's Grudge reboot and Jordan Peele's Candyman movie - all the more promising.
We will let you know when Last Night in Soho gets an official release date.