Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho’ Adds Thomasin McKenzie & Matt Smith to Cast

Feb 22, 2019

Edgar Wright’s next film ‘Last Night in Soho’ is starting to stack up, as Thomasin McKenzie and Matt Smith have come aboard. The two join the already cast Anya Taylor-Joy. Focus Features made the announcement on their website.

However, Collider gave some details regarding the setting and characters:

“The film will take place in two different time periods — the ’60s and modern day. Taylor-Joy will play the lead in the ’60s, while McKenzie will play a fashion student in modern day scenes, according to sources. I hear Smith will be playing Taylor-Joy’s manager of sorts, though it’s unclear whether that makes her an actress, a singer or something else entirely.”

McKenzie was recently in last year’s “Leave No Trace,’ and has several films in post-production. Those films include two for Netflix, with ‘Lost Girls’ and ‘The King,’ as well as Justin Kurzel’s ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ and Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit.’

Matt Smith is popular for his roles in ‘Doctor Who,’ as the titular character, and Netflix’s ‘The Crown.’ He will next be in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ releasing December 20. The next film he’ll be shooting, before ‘Last Night in Soho,’ will be Sony’s ‘Morbius,’ releasing July 31, 2020.

As for crew, production designer Marcus Rowland is reteaming with Wright for this film. He has worked on all of the films Wright has directed: ‘Shaun of The Dead,’ ‘Hot Fuzz,’ ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World,’ ‘The World’s End,’ and ‘Baby Driver.’ He’s also worked with Wright’s collaborator Joe Cornish on his two films: ‘Attack The Block’ and ‘The Kid Who Would Be King.’ Further, Rowland worked on the upcoming ‘Rocketman.’

Also, the cinematographer is Jake Polonsky, and not the usual choice of Bill Pope. Polonsky shot ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,’ and was a second unit cinematographer on ‘The World’s End.’

‘Last Night in Soho’ is a psychological horror-thriller. However, exact plot details are unknown other then the story being set in London’s Soho district, starring a female lead. Nicolas Roeg’s ‘Don’t Look Now’ and Roman Polanski’s ‘Repulsion’ are influences on the film.

Wright had this to say on the project:

“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.”

Meanwhile, Wright is still working on his documentary about the cult band Sparks.

Moreover, the screenplay is from Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns (‘Penny Dreadful,’ ‘1917’). The film is a Focus and Working Title co-production.

Production is aiming to start this summer in London. The film does not yet have a release date.

Source: Focus Features and Collider