ARTNEWSPRESS: Edgar Wright is currently working on a psychological horror-thriller called Last Night in Soho. The plot of the film has been shrouded in secrecy, but little bits and pieces have teased a little of what we can expect.
What we have known is that the story is set in London’s Soho district during the 1960s. There are also parts of the film that will be set in modern day. We now know how the past and the present will collide thanks to the director. During an interview with Empire, Wright revealed that there’s a time travel element in the story.
When talking about the modern day character played by Thomasin McKenzie, the filmmaker said: “There’s something I have in common with the lead character in that I’m afflicted with nostalgia for a decade I didn’t live in.” The period McKenzie is nostalgic for is obviously the 1960s, which is the time period that Anya Taylor-Joy’s character is from in the movie. Wright goes on to explain:
“You think about ‘60s London – what would that be like? Imagine if you knew everything you knew now, and went back. I’m taking a premise whereby you have a character who, in a sort of abstract way, gets to travel in time. And the reality of the decade is maybe not what she imagines. It has an element of ‘be careful what you wish for.’”
It’ll be interesting to see what he means by time travel in an abstract way. I assume that means she won’t be jumping into some kind of a time machine to travel through time. The story will obviously involve parallel narratives, and I’m sure Wright has come up with a fun and unique way to make that work.
When previously talking about the film, Wright described the film as being in the vein of Donald Sutherland’s 1973 film Don’t Look Now and Roman Polanski’s 1965 movie Repulsion.
The film also has a great supporting cast that includes Matt Smith, Michael Ajao, Synnøve Karlsen, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp, and Rita Tushingham.
Last Night in Soho will hit theaters on September 25, 2020.