Following the likes of Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim and Baby Driver, writer-director Edgar Wright is returning to his Shaun of the Dead horror roots with Last Night In Soho. The first teaser trailer has landed online ahead of its release this Halloween and promises a creepy time travel thrill ride. According to the official synopsis: “Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller about a young girl, passionate in fashion design, who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer.”
The synopsis adds: “But 1960s London is not what it appears, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences…”
By the looks of the trailer, Thomasin McKenzie’s Eloise finds herself in 1965 Soho. The big give-away is the movie poster for Sean Connery James Bond movie Thunderball, which was released that year.
Talking of Bond, Last Night In Soho marks the final screen performance of Dame Diana Rigg, who portrayed Tracy in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
The 82-year-old, who died last September, plays a character called Miss Collins who didn’t appear to feature in the trailer.
The majority of Last Night In Soho was shot in the summer of 2019, but a few pick-up shots were needed amid the pandemic last year.
However, Dame Diana’s declining health meant she couldn’t return to set, so Edgar worked out a way that all she’d need to do was record some ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement).
Writing in The Guardian after her death, the director shared how the Bond girl’s daughter said this was fine but they’d need to come to her.
Edgar shared how he brought a bottle of Campari to enjoy with the 82-year-old if she had the energy after recording her final lines.
After she said goodbye and hung up, Edger started crying, knowing it was the final time he’d speak to her. Dame Diana sadly died just two weeks later.
Nevertheless, her final performance has been captured and the director can’t wait to share it with the world.
Also starring in Last Night In Soho is Doctor Who actor Matt Smith as Jack.
He’ll be joined by Rita Tushingham as Peggy Turner and Terence Stamp in an unknown role.
Edgar Wright co-wrote the script to his psychological horror with Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
Her feature film debut was penning 1917 with Sam Mendes, a script that was nominated for an Oscar last year.
The 33-year-old is also co-writing a Star Wars movie with Thor Ragnarok director Taiki Waititi.
Last Night in Soho hits UK cinemas on October 29, 2021.