Edgar Wright’s horror-thriller Last Night in Soho just released its first, sexy-scary trailer, featuring Anya Taylor-Joy as a dazzling singer from the ’60s. A project that’s been shrouded in secrecy now reveals a thrilling, two-minute teaser trailer that covers the Petula Clark’s Downtown, sang by Taylor-Joy herself. Or her co-star?
Watch the Last Night In Soho trailer and see Anya Taylor-Joy in action.
The teaser trailer opens with a singer on the stage, covering the Petula Clark’s Downtown. A neon-lit text about the movie’s director immediately signals Wright’s intentions to take the audience on a time-traveling journey, with a sinister plot twist. Eloise, our modern-day heroine, portrayed by Thomasin McKenzie, is an innocent and up-and-coming fashionista, with a lot to take in – especially when she finds herself in the ’60s-era’s glitz and glamour. However, her mysterious connection to her long-time idol, a ’ wannabe singer portrayed by Anya Taylor-Joy, soon reveals much more sinister consequences, as London in the ‘60s isn’t what it appeared to be.
It’s pretty apparent from the teaser that Eloise fits Sandy’s (Anya Taylor-Joy) boots, which seems like a dream come true to the young and naïve fashion enthusiast, but the plot soon twists from a teenage comedy flick to what it really is – a psychological horror-thriller. “When the past lets you in, the truth will come out” seems like an appropriate message for a movie that involves knives, ghosts, time travel, and bleeding neon signs. The trailer ends in the similar fashion it began, with flickering neon-lit text revealing the release date set for October 2021.
Last Night in Soho is Wright’s first venture into the psychological horror genre, and judging by the trailer, he’s doing great. Knowing how trailers tend to mislead, we’ll point out that his previous release, Baby Driver, was a massive hit and his highest-grossing movie to date in both the U.S. and worldwide. Baby Driver might need to scoot over and give its place to the Last Night in Soho – a film featuring Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Diana Rigg, and the actor Matt Smith, who’s currently involved in the upcoming House of the Dragon television show.
In one of his interviews, Edgar Wright disclosed that he initially intended Anya Taylor-Joy for the role of Eloise but changed his mind after witnessing her work in Split, where she played a leading role. The director didn’t want to identify Eloise with previous characters from Taylor-Joy’s portfolio, and the part was passed to Thomasin McKenzie, who debuted the acting scene with her performance in Jojo Rabbit. Compared to Anya Taylor-Joy’s character Sandy, McKenzie’s young and fragile appearance will make the movie twice as scary as it would initially be.
Last Night in Soho was initially set to debut in 2020, but the global pandemic pushed it into 2021 instead, which played well with the director’s intentions of releasing the movie in theaters instead of a direct-to-streaming release. Luckily, we’ll get to see Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie in Last Night in Soho when the movie debuts in theaters this October.