Originally written By Allie Gemmill for Screen Rant
Here's everything we know about Last Night in Soho, including release date info, story details, and cast. Edgar Wright's seventh feature-length film sees the director going in a slightly new direction with a pivot to the horror-thriller genre.
Last Night in Soho has been kept mostly under wraps since it first made the news back in January 2019. Despite a confirmed cast and director as well as a decent sense of the production timeline (filming kicked off in May 2019 and should wrap by fall 2019), Wright's fans still haven't seen a trailer or gotten any significant updates aside from some tantalizingly vague descriptions.
Despite a lack of flashier information where the story is concerned, enough has come to light that prospective viewers can get a decent handle on what to expect. With that, here's everything we know about Last Night in Soho.
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO RELEASE DATE
The Last Night in Soho release date is set for September 25, 2020. This is the first time one of Wright's feature films has been released in September since Shaun of the Dead hit theaters in September 2004. Since then, his other movies have, for the most part, been released during the mid-to-late summer moviegoing season.
The September 2020 release schedule can still be redone, but there are some interesting movies, spanning a range of genres, already slated to release around the same time as Last Night in Soho. Those movies include the Milla Jovovich-led action-fantasy film Monster Hunter, which arrives September 4; The Conjuring 3, which is set for September 11; and the Michael B. Jordan movie Without Remorse, based on the Tom Clancy novel of the same name, which is scheduled to premiere on September 18.
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO DIRECTOR
As previously mentioned, Edgar Wright is the director of Last Night in Soho. This is Wright's seventh feature-length film, following on the heels of 2017's Baby Driver. Last Night in Soho will also be the third movie where Wright does not work with frequent collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; he's working with a new group of actors this time around.
Wright began his career as a seasoned director of UK TV shows including French & Saunders, Sir Bernard's Stately Homes, and Spaced in the 1990s. He made his feature film debut with Shaun of the Dead in the early 2000s. The horror-comedy was the first movie in what would become known as the "Cornetto trilogy", with subsequent installments Hot Fuzz and The World's End arriving in 2007 and 2013, respectively. Wright is also the director behind the cult hit Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, starring Michael Cera and adapted from the graphic novel of the same name.
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO CAST
The Last Night in Soho cast will be led by Anya Taylor-Joy. She was confirmed in February 2019, just a few weeks after the premiere of Glass. Taylor-Joy has become a go-to actor for horror-thriller movies since her breakout performance in 2015's The Witch. She's appeared in other movies that have horror or thriller elements to them, including Morgan, Split, Thoroughbreds, The Secret of Marrowbone, and the forthcoming New Mutants adaptation.
Additional cast members include Matt Smith (The Crown) and Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace), who were first reported to be in talks for the movie in late February 2019. It was also confirmed in June 2019 that Terence Stamp (Murder Mystery) and Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) had also joined the cast. As of August 2019, no character details - names, relationships, arcs throughout the movie, and so forth - have been confirmed.
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO STORY
Last Night in Soho is a psychological horror-thriller, blending some of Wright's previous genre interests to create a wholly original movie. Taylor-Joy will serve as the female lead of the movie. As indicated by the title, the story will unfold in London's Soho neighborhood, a historically seedier hub which is home to nightclubs, gambling establishments, movie theaters, and the like. Wright has experience working in horror (Shaun of the Dead) and thrillers (Baby Driver), so he could deploy similar artistic touches in Last Night in Soho.
Despite the lack of detail about the Last Night in Soho story, two movies which inform Wright's latest project have been mentioned. These key movie influences on Last Night in Soho are 1965's Repulsion, starring Catherine Deneuve, and 1973's Don't Look Now, which stars Donald Sutherland. The Roman Polanski-directed Repulsion follows a young woman who is repulsed by sex and fearful of her sister's brutish, domineering boyfriend. Don't Look Now is about a couple, grieving the death of their daughter, who are haunted by visions of her after meeting two Venetian sister psychics who apparently make contact with the child's spirit. It's unclear how much of Last Night in Soho's plot will crib from these movies, but they undoubtedly set the stage for viewers wondering what they can expect to see.
A clue about the setting was hinted at when a photo of Smith was taken during filming in July 2019 (via Digital Spy). The photo from the set shows his character in 1960s clothing and getting into an era-appropriate car. It's unclear if the entirety of Last Night in Soho will be set in the 1960s or if the time period figures in tangentially.
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO TRAILER
There is no trailer for Last Night in Soho yet. Filming on the movie began on May 23, 2019, which means filming is done in late summer or early fall 2019. There will be approximately one year between Last Night in Soho wrapping production and its September 2020 debut, so the trailer will arrive during that time frame. The most realistic expectation for the Last Night in Soho trailer debut is some time in spring 2020. This would allow enough time to build audience interest in the movie. Focus Features, the studio behind Last Night in Soho, could also opt to release the trailer during a big event (e.g. the 2020 Oscars, which takes place early in the year, or during San Diego Comic-Con 2020) in the coming year.