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‘Last Night in Soho’ Star Anya Taylor-Joy First Auditioned for Edgar Wright for ‘Baby Driver’

Anya Taylor-Joy stars in Edgar Wrights new Last Night in Soho but it wasnt the first time they could have worked together. I had read the Baby Driver script and auditioned for it Taylor-Joy told me Monday at the Last Night in Soho premiere at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. I was a really really big fan of his.

I do remember that Wright said. But Im glad we did this instead. Wright first approached Taylor-Joy about Last Night in Soho roughly six years ago shortly after seeing her breakout performance in Robert Eggers Sundance hit The Witch. He was a judge at Sundance and I was really starstruck Taylor-Joy said. I was like Oh my god Edgar Wright wants to talk to me! …I dont think he was planning on telling me what the story was about but we got along so well he was like So this is what the movie is. Wright said I didnt have a script. I only had the story but I thought She should be the lead in my Soho movie. I met her for coffee in Los Angeles and I told her the entire plot of the movie. She was like I want to be a part of that.

Wright initially thought Taylor-Joy should play Eloise but that part eventually went to Jojo Rabbit star Thomasin McKenzie. Taylor-Joy plays Sandee an aspiring 1960s singer in London who Eloise sees in her dreams. Thomasin McKenzie and Edgar Wright at the Los Angeles premiere of Last Night in Soho at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 25 2021 in Los Angeles California. Michael Buckner for Variety Over the years I started to sound like the boy who cried wolf whenever Id run into Anya Wright said laughing. And when I started writing it and Id seen a lot of her other movies I started to think she might be right for Sandee. When I finally sent her the script she luckily agreed.

Taylor-Joy gushed I love the fact that Edgar is so into music because it makes such a difference to be able to hear what the scene is going to sound like it has an entirely different energy to it. Plus hes just an encyclopedia of every movie music reference you have ever thought of. He has a wealth of knowledge. Wright co-wrote the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns whose feature film writing debut 1917 earned her an Oscar nomination. I dont feel any pressure Wilson-Cairns insisted. I just sort of take each one as it goes. I had so much fun making this film. Im so proud of it. I think I judge every film I make by would I watch it hungover on a Sunday and enjoy myself? I can assure you I would watch this on a Sunday and enjoy myself. If you try and emulate your last one or think too much about it you would just be paralyzed.

Last Night in Soho was the first premiere to be held at the Academy Museum. New Zealand native McKenzie has finally been able to return to red carpets since the pandemic. Sadly she was unable to go on promotional tours for her released drama Jane Campions Power of the Dog. I had to miss out on a lot of things because I was unable to attend a lot of the festivals so thats why I am so excited to finally be here and reunited with everybody McKenzie said. Following the screen Wright and his cast headed to a party upstairs from the theater that included sketches of the films costumes on display as well as speciality cocktails including Vesper martinis with gin vodka lillet blanc and a lemon twist.

 

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