Edgar Wright's latest has just lined up its lead actress. Anya Taylor-Joy is set to headline Wright's upcoming horror/thriller Last Night in Soho. We only recently learned that the Baby Driver director has been putting this project together quietly in the background and it sounds very much like this is going to be a departure from the filmmaker's usual comedic exploits. While not much has been revealed about the movie so far, lining up a major star on the rise to topline the cast is a great place to start.
According to a new report, Anya Taylor-Joy is set to play one of the leads in Last Night in Soho. There is no indication currently as to who will be starring alongside her. Taylor-Joy has been on the rise in recent years and is asserting herself as a modern day scream queen. Her breakout role was in director Robert Eggers' The Witch and that led to her scoring a role in M. Night Shyamalan's Split. Most recently, the actress was featured in that movie's sequel, Glass, which has been tearing it up at the box office. Taylor-Joy is also set to star in The New Mutants, a horror-themed X-Men spin-off that, unfortunately, has been plagued with delays.
Last Night in Soho, beyond this new casting information, remains largely mysterious. It's been described as a psychological horror/thriller, with Edgar Wright previously using Don't Look Now and Roman Polanski's Repulsion as touchstones. All that has really been revealed is that the movie will take place in central London. Wright penned the screenplay alongside Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who is known for her work on Penny Dreadful.
Edgar Wright is coming off of the success of 2017's Baby Driver, which grossed $226 million worldwide and was met with a great deal of praise from the critical community, on its way to a couple of Oscar nominations as well. Wright had previously been known for his Cornetto Trilogy movies, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End, which all star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. But Baby Driver helped put him in another category in the eyes of Hollywood and there were even rumors that he was possibly up for the job of directing James Bond 25, before the producers settled on Cary Fukunaga.
But Edgar Wright's next movie remained a question mark up until very recently. He's still working on a sequel to Baby Driver, which has a draft of a screenplay, and he's also finishing up a documentary on the band Sparks. Last Night in Soho is expected to shoot this summer, which means we should be learning much more about casting in the near future. Focus and Working Title have not yet set a release date for the project, but 2020 seems very realistic. We'll be sure to keep you posted as more details are made available. This news was first reported by Variety