Just as Collider Video predicted last month, Split star Anya Taylor-Joy has signed on to star in Edgar Wright‘s psychological horror-thriller Last Night in Soho. Variety brought official word on Monday, reporting that she’ll play “one of the leads” in the film, which may suggest a larger ensemble of some kind.
Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful) wrote the screenplay, but plot details are being kept under wraps for now. All we know is that the story is set in London’s Soho district, and that’s where filming will take place this summer. The film will be a co-production between Focus Features and Working Title.
Wanna know how Collider Video got the jump on this one? In late November/early December, I heard from a good source that Wright had his eye on Taylor-Joy for his next film, but I didn’t know what that film was. Would it be Grasshopper Jungle? One of the animated movies he’s been developing? His sci-fi movie Collider (great title!)? I did a quick search on Twitter for their names, and found this May 2017 tweet from Wright in response to a user who’d asked the director who he’d love to work with in the near future.
Anya Taylor Joy.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 12, 2017
Wright had recently seen her work in Split, which he called “brilliant.” So at that point, I knew the director was a fan and had publicly confessed to wanting to work with her, but the question was, would her schedule allow for such a collaboration? I had my doubts… until Jan. 8, that is. That’s the day that THR broke the news that Karen Gillan (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) would star in the assassin movie Gunpowder Milkshake. See, Taylor-Joy had that role on lock-down for several months, so when I read that the project was moving forward with another talented young actress, I knew Taylor-Joy had dropped out — and likely for something bigger and better. I finally put all my cards out on the table on MovieTalk on January 22nd (watch the clip below), and sure enough, two weeks later, here we are.
Even though I know very little regarding the plot of Wright’s next movie, I’m confident that Taylor-Joy is a strong choice for the project, as she’s a very talented and expressive actress who can convey a lot of emotion with just her eyes. Genre fans are familiar with the actress, who broke out in The Witch and had her first hit with Split, which of course led to a (truncated) role in the newly-released sequel Glass. Taylor-Joy also starred alongside Olivia Cooke and the late Anton Yelchin in the indie movie Thoroughbreds, of which Wright was a big fan. And don’t forget that barring unforeseen circumstances, Taylor-Joy will soon be seen in Josh Boone‘s New Mutants, which is finally slated to hit theaters this summer following several delays.
Wright, who continues to develop a sequel to his hit movie Baby Driver with Ansel Elgort poised to return, is represented by CAA, who also reps Taylor-Joy along with Troika.