Anya Taylor-Joy’s ‘Last Night In Soho’ Is A 1960s Nightmare That Puts The Fear In Nostalgia

Beth Harmon, who?

When it comes to Anya Taylor-Joy and the 1960s, it seems as if the pair are intrinsically linked. While many are familiar with Joy’s crushing of the patriarchy as The Queen’s Gambit chess master, Beth Harmon, it turns out that her acting range is getting put to the test, thanks to a new film.

Enter: Last Night In Soho.

An Edgar Wright creation—think: Hot Fuzz and Baby Driver—the flick has already earned itself approval as one of the most anticipated projects of the year due to its intriguing plot and star-studded cast lineup. 

Described as a psychological horror, the dark and twisted narrative will see Taylor-Joy portray an aspiring singer in ’60s London who encounters suspicious figures and concerning circumstances, much like Harmon—but with a beehive, rather than a bob.

In an interview with The Wrap, Wright explained how the film is actually a “cautionary tale” about nostalgia, and how the illusion of the “good old days” is a bubble that popped long ago.

“The moral of the story is, even if you could travel back in time, you can’t have the good without the bad, so it’s sort of a cautionary tale for those who are overly nostalgic about the past,” Wright explained.

“There is no perfect decade where everything was good and nothing was bad. It doesn’t exist… They like to imagine it was all better before but, of course, that’s not true.”

Piqued your interest? Keep reading for everything you need to know about Last Night In Soho, from the plot to the cast and when it hits cinemas in Australia.

Last Night In Soho

What Is The Plot Of Last Night In Soho?

For those who are yet to piece together the gist of the film, allow us to break it down for you.

Last Night In Soho is a psychological horror film that follows Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer with a sixth sense, who can mysteriously transport back to 1960s London. There, she appears in the body of her idol, a nightclub singer named Sandy.

However, while masquerading as Sandy, she begins a romantic relationship with a man, named Jack. She quickly begins to realise that the life of her ’60s counterpart is far from glamorous, and sees the disintegration of both her past and present.

Intrigued? Check out the trailer below to see for yourself.

WATCH BELOW: Last Night In Soho Trailer

Who Is In The Cast Of Last Night In Soho?

Aside from the intriguing storyline, Last Night In Soho also boasts a jaw-dropping cast. Of course, leading the cast is Anya Taylor Joy (The Queen’s Gambit, Emma) as Sandy, Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit, Old) as Eloise and Matt Smith (The Crown, House Of The Dragon) as Jack.

But the star power doesn’t stop there. Joining them are James and Oliver Phelps (Harry Potter series) as Harvis and Jarvis, Rita Tushingham (Doctor Zhivago) as Peggy Turner, Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones) as Miss Collins and Jessie Mei Li (Shadow And Bone) as Lara, just to name a few.

Last Night In Soho
Last Night In Soho

When Will Last Night In Soho Be Released In Australia?

Interested? Lucky for us, we won’t have to wait too long. Last Night In Soho is set to hit Australian cinemas on November 4, 2021.

Related stories