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Last Night in Soho, which opens in theaters this Friday, is Wright’s new psychological horror movie, and it guarantees a groovy ride.
Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace, Jojo Rabbit) stars as a young aspiring fashion designer named Eloise who somehow travels through time and ends up possessing the body of a singer named Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy) in 1960s London. Being in the body of a popular singer in 1960s London may sound like a fashion designer’s dream… but Eloise soon discovers that Sandie’s life is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Also starring Matt Smith and Terence Stamp, and with Wright at the helm, Last Night in Soho is sure to be one of the most stylish movies you’ll watch this Halloween.
When Is Last Night in Soho’s Release Date?
Last Night in Soho has its premiere on September 4, 2021, at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. The movie was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival in September 2021. The movie was initially scheduled to be released on September 25, 2020.
But due to the COVID-19 pandemic and delays resulting thereof, it was first postponed to April 23, 2021, then further pushing the date to October 22, 2021, and finally the weekend after.
As of the latest news, Last in Soho is all set to release in theaters on October 29, 2021. The movie will release across theaters in Ireland, the UK, and the US on the same day.
Who Is in Last Night in Soho’s Cast?
The cast list of Last Night in Soho, much like its plot, is quite fascinating, and worth detailing out. But what’s more interesting is that the cast members consist of popular actors from the current era as well as from the sixties, each a legend of their time.
The movie stars Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace, Jojo Rabbit) as Eloise and Anya Taylor-Joy (Peaky Blinders, Queen’s Gambit) as Sandie in the leading roles. The other major cast members include Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown), Michael Ajao (Attack the Block), Terence Stamp (Star Wars – The Phantom Menace, Superman), Diana Rigg (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Game of Thrones), and Margaret Nolan (Goldfinger, A Hard Day’s Night).
The movie also marks the final on-screen appearances of Rigg and Nolan. Diana Riggs died in September 2020 and Margaret Nolan died in October 2020.
The other cast members of Last Night in Soho include Jessie Mei Li, Elizabeth Berrington, Rita Tushingham, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Lisa McGrillis, and Synnove Karlsen, among others.
Who Are the Confirmed Characters in Last Night in Soho?
That is quite the cast list, isn’t it? Well, the roles they play are even more fascinating. Here’s a quick look at the characters played by the cast of Last Night in Soho –
Thomasin McKenzie plays the leading lady Eloise Turner, who mysteriously time travels to 1966, specifically to a nightclub in Soho on West End. There she meets an intriguing singer named Sandie.
Anya Taylor-Joy plays Sandie, a glamorous nightclub singer and the woman who quickly becomes Eloise’s idol. It’s pretty clear from the trailers that she’s a woman with a lot of hidden depths.
Matt Smith stars as Jack, Sandie’s love interest and possibly something more.
Terrence Stamp is the Silver Haired Gentleman, who seems to be quite taken by Eloise and shows a keen interest in the young woman.
Michael Ajao stars as John, Eloise’s friend, and confidante with whom she shares all the details of her fantastical experiences.
Diana Rigg plays the role of Miss Collins, the landlady of the London apartment where Eloise is living.
As for the other characters, there’s Rita Tushingham as Peggy Turner, Eloise’s grandmother, Jessie Mei Li as Lara, Synnøve Karlsen as Jocasta, James, and Oliver Phelps as Charles and Ben, among others.
What is the background of Last Night in Soho?
Now, here’s a little trivia that will surprise you, in a good way of course! The title of Last Night in Soho was suggested to Wright by none other than Quentin Tarantino.
There’s a 1968 hit single by the English pop band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich which Tarantino believes is the “best title music for a film that’s never been made”. The movie was originally supposed to be titled Red Light Area and then The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.
Coincidentally, earlier movies with the very same names already exist. So, eventually, Edgar Wright renamed the movie after the 1968 hit and Quentin Tarantino’s suggestion. Pretty cool right?
When Is Last Night in Soho Set?
Director and creator Edgar Wright reportedly cited classic psychological horrors from the 60s and 70s, like Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby, and Don’t Look Now as his inspiration for Last Night in Soho.
Also, the trailer and the plot mention time travel to 1966. So, it’s obvious that the story is set in the present with a throwback to the sixties, where most of the action takes place. And most likely, the story goes back and forth in the timeline, similar to Midnight in Paris (albeit with much darker consequences). Sounds like quite a ride!