The Venice crowd at the Sala Grande theater could not take their eyes off Anya Taylor-Joy during Edgar Wright’s trippy psychological thriller “Last Night in Soho.”
But when the movie ended just after midnight on Saturday and the spotlight shone on the cast to receive applause from the festival attendees, as is tradition, Taylor-Joy was nowhere to be found.
Had she left her own movie?
Director Edgar Wright and Matt Smith applauded along with the crowd — as confusion set into the auditorium. After about a minute, Taylor-Joy (dressed in a pink Dior Haute Couture gown with a matching beret) swung open the doors to the theater’s balcony and quickly returned to her seat, to a swarm of loud applause.
There, she and the cast graciously received a five-minute standing ovation for the genre movie that electrified Venice — as evidenced by the response at the premiere and a stream of strong reviews for the upcoming Universal Pictures release.
Then again, perhaps Taylor-Joy’s momentary absence was appropriate, given the character she plays in the film. To say more would be a violation of Wright’s post on Twitter on Friday, asking Venice audiences not to reveal any spoilers about “Last Night in Soho.”
Here are some loose details that probably would be OK to share. The film centers on a young fashion student, Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie), who moves to London to enroll in college. But her new life does not have a smooth start — as Eloise visits the 1960s in her dreams and the script veers, deliciously, into “Black Swan” territory.
Judging from the reception at Venice, “Last Night in Soho” has the potential to be as big as Wright’s “Baby Driver” starring Ansel Elgort, which grossed $227 million worldwide in 2017.
The movie, with its twist and turns, is the kind of edgy studio release that could continue to sell tickets beyond opening weekend based on strong word of mouth. But its success will depend on how the pandemic affects fall box office receipts.
After the audience stopped clapping in Venice, Taylor-Joy removed her mask for a second to say: “Thank you!”
“Last Night in Soho” will play next at the Toronto Film Festival, before opening in theaters in the United States on Oct. 22.
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ollowing her critically acclaimed role in Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, Anya Taylor-Joy looks to have found her next feature film as she is in negotiations to star in Searchlight’s dark comedy The Menu with Ralph Fiennes recently closing a deal to also star. Mark Mylod, who has played a major part in the HBO series Succession success, will direct. Adam McKay will produce through his Hyperobject Industries banner and will be joined by his partner Betsy Koch to produce.
The film is a darkly comedic psychological thriller set in the world of eccentric culinary culture, centering on a young couple who visit an exclusive restaurant on a remote island where an acclaimed chef has prepared a lavish tasting menu. Taylor-Joy will play one half of the couple and Fiennes playing the chef.
Will Tracy and Seth Reiss penned the script. DanTram Nguyen, Searchlight’s SVP of Production and Searchlight’s director of production Zahra Phillips will oversee for the studio.
Best known for his roles in Schindler’s List, Quiz Show and the Harry Potter franchise and the infamous Voldemort, Fiennes has had busy dance card as of late starting with the Netflix drama The Dig, which bowed in January. He follows that up returning as M in the next James Bond pic No Time To Die and is also set to star in the Kingsman prequel The King’s Man.
After her breakout role in Robert Eggers’ The Witch, Taylor-Joy has begun rising the ranks of young leading ladies and was handpicked to star in the M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split and its sequel Glass. She became one of the big winners of 2021 when her Netflix limited series The Queen’s Gambit, about a chess prodigy in the 60s became one of the streamers biggest hits of 2020. She was also recently seen in the Focus Features pic Emma.
She has a busy 2021 ahead of her with starring roles in the Viking drama The Northman, the untitled David O. Russell pic and Edgar Wright’s Last Night In Soho. She was also tapped to star in the Mad Max spin-off Furiosa in the title role.
Fiennes and Taylor-Joy are repped by CAA. Taylor-Joy is also repped by United Agents and Fiennes is also repped by Dalzell and Beresford.
Nominations for the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards were revealed Wednesday and Anya Taylor-Joy became a Double golden globe nominee!
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While we still don’t know much about David O. Russell’s forthcoming feature for New Regency, Deadline has confirmed that Robert De Niro, Mike Myers, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Shannon, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Andrea Riseborough, Matthias Schoenaerts and Alessandro Nivola have joined the starry ensemble.
Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek and Zoe Saldana also will star in the untitled project, which is based on an original idea from the five-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker. Filming is underway in California with New Regency’s Arnon Milchan producing alongside Matthew Budman and Anthony Katagas
Russell hasn’t released a film since 2015’s Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence in a role that earned her an Oscar nom. Deadline broke the story of his current project early last year. New Regency will distribute the pic through its deal with 20th Century Studios.
Anya-Taylor Joy, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster detail their new Netflix miniseries “The Queen’s Gambit”, which follows orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon and her struggles with addiction.
George Miller has tapped Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to star in “Furiosa,” the prequel movie based on Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa character from 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Taylor-Joy will play title role, a younger version of Furiosa. Miller had said in a May interview with The New York Times that he’d been searching for searching for an actress in her 20s to take over the role. He said at the time he had considered using de-aging technology in order to allow Theron — who’s 44 –to play the part again, but has decided against doing so. Taylor-Joy is 24.
Miller will direct, co-write and produce “Furiosa,” along with his longtime producing partner Doug Mitchell. The film will be produced by Miller’s own Australian-based Kennedy Miller Mitchell banner, together with “Fury Road” partner Warner Bros. Pictures.
In prepping the “Fury Road” script, Miller and co-writer Nick Lathouris developed origin stories for every character, but not much was revealed about Furiosa’s past. In the film, she is a war captain under the cruel leader Immortan Joe, but turns against him in order to free Joe’s concubines. She then forms an alliance with Max Rockatansky, portrayed by Tom Hardy. Miller has directed all four “Mad Max” movies and was nominated for best picture and best director for “Fury Road” at the 2015 Oscars.
Taylor-Joy recently wrapped filming Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” and is currently filming Robert Eggers’ “The Northman.” She was the lead in the romantic comedy “Emma,” based on the Jane Austen novel. Her additional features include the M. Night Shyamalan thrillers “Split” and “Glass.” She’ll portray a chess prodigy in the upcoming miniseries “The Queen’s Gambit.” She is repped by CAA, United Agents, and Fred Toczek at Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
Hemsworth has starred in the “Avengers” and “Thor” films as well as the recent “Extraction.” His other film credits include “Bad Times at the El Royale,” “12 Strong,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Rush,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and “Star Trek.” He is repped by CAA and attorney Matt Galsor at Greenberg Glusker.
Abdul-Mateen II played Black Manta in James Wan’s “Aquaman.” He is currently filming the fourth installment in “The Matrix” series and can be seen as Bobby Seale in “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” He will star in “Candyman,” releasing 2021. Abdul-Mateen recently won an Emmy Award for his performance in the limited series “Watchmen.” He is repped by WME, M88, Ziffren Brittenham LLP, Rogers&CowanPMK
Miller’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes production designer Colin Gibson, editor Margaret Sixel, sound mixer Ben Osmo, and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt, each of whom won an Oscar for their work on “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
The 28th edition of the Raindance Film Festival will close with the U.K. premiere of “Here Are The Young men,” directed by Eoin Macken (“Cold”).
The film is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Rob Doyle, who co-wrote the screenplay with Macken. It follows three Dublin teenagers who leave school to a social vacuum of drinking and drugs, and fall into acts of transgression. It stars Dean-Charles Chapman (“1917”), Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”), Finn Cole (“Slaughterhouse Rulez”), and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (“Sing Street”).
The film previously played at the Galway Film Fleadh, where it won the Bingham Ray New Talent Award for co-producer Edwina Casey, and at the Giffoni Film Festival, where it was in official competition.
Macken will attend the premiere at London’s Vue West End cinema and participate in a Q&A. The venue will have reduced audience capacity in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, and masks are compulsory.
As previously announced, the festival will adopt a hybrid model for this edition and will open with David Bowie origin story “Stardust.”
The closing film will be one of six featuring in-person talent. Raindance, which has programmed 50 titles in total, runs from Oct. 28 to Nov. 7.
“The world has changed dramatically. And with these seismic changes has come the once-in-a-lifetime chance to re-invigorate and innovate,” says Raindance founder Elliot Grove. “Raindance brings you an entirely new way to look at and appreciate the very best of independent cinema from around the world. In addition to our online offering, we are thrilled to be back on cinema screens with a select number of films, including both opening and closing premieres. There’s no stopping us.”