Playing into his more sinister sensibilities, Edgar Wright is back with a first trailer for Last Night in Soho, a smoky, noirish horror-mystery with a ghostly atmosphere, starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy.
Though the new trailer gives only an impression of the sort of atmosphere Soho will conjure, the official description mentions a young fashion designer (McKenzie) magically whisked away to the London (specifically, Soho!) of the 1960’s, encountering an up-and-coming singer (Taylor-Joy) whom she admires. Naturally, traveling to the past sends up some red flags, with the glitz and glamor hiding something more dark and dangerous.
Coming off of 2017’s Baby Driver (and having just released a documentary on the Sparks Brothers), the trailer for Last Night in Soho might serve as a shock to fans of Wright’s typically-playful style, with its puzzling atmosphere and creeping dread. As an exploration of new territory for the filmmaker, Last Night in Soho is already looking spectacular, with gorgeous period sets (that Thunderball marquee is something else) and lush colors, it could be Wright’s most-visually-accomplished film yet. Chung Chung-hoon, a frequent collaborator of South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook, is shooting Soho, so clearly we’re in good hands.
With Matt Smith, Rita Tushingham, and Terence Stamp also featuring, the Last Night in Soho is stacked with talent. It also marks the final appearances of the late Diana Rigg and Margaret Nolan, who passed away last year. Both “Bond girls,” Rigg appeared opposite George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, as well as more recently as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones. Nolan, besides appearing in Goldfinger with Sean Connery, featured in A Hard Day’s Night the same year. Wright’s time-leaping narrative, whether a figment of ghostly conjuring or something else, would seem a fitting epitaph for the two screen icons.
Set for release October 22nd, the first trailer for Last Night in Soho is just the beginning, its otherworldly mysteries just waiting to unravel. Going in blind couldn’t hurt though; with this cast and crew, we’re set for something special.