Fresh off her breakout performance in Leave No Trace, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie has signed on to join Anya Taylor-Joy in Edgar Wright‘s psychological thriller Last Night in Soho, which has also added Doctor Who alum Matt Smith, Collider has learned.
Wright came up with the original story and co-wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful), though plot details are being kept under wraps for now. All we know is that the story is set in London’s Soho district, and that’s where filming will take place this summer. The film will be a co-production between Working Title and Focus Features, the latter of which will co-finance with Film4. Wright will produce alongside his frequent collaborator Nira Park, as well as Working Title principals Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
I’m told that the film will take place in two different time periods — the ’60s and modern day. Taylor-Joy will play the lead in the ’60s, while McKenzie will play a fashion student in modern day scenes, according to sources. I hear Smith will be playing Taylor-Joy’s manager of sorts, though it’s unclear whether that makes her an actress, a singer or something else entirely.
McKenzie recently wrapped Taika Waititi‘s WWII movie Jojo Rabbit and Justin Kurzel‘s starry crime drama The True History of the Kelly Gang, as well as a pair of Netflix movies — the serial killer drama Lost Girls, and David Michod‘s historical epic The King starring Timothee Chalamet and Robert Pattinson. She’s represented by UTA, Industry Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment and Gail Cowan Management.
Smith is on an undeniable roll right now, as he just booked Sony’s Morbius movie on the heels of wrapping Star Wars: Episode IX. Smith recently earned an Emmy nomination for his turn as Prince Philip on the second season of The Crown, and his spy thriller Official Secrets was acquired by IFC Films out of Sundance last month. Smith also stars in the biopic Mapplethorpe and the buzzy New Regency thriller His House. He’s represented by UTA and Troika.
Focus’ BlacKkKlansman is up for six Oscars this Sunday night, and the studio’s upcoming releases include Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die; Neil Jordan‘s thriller Greta starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz; a Harriet Tubman movie starring Cynthia Erivo as the iconic freedom fighter; and a Downton Abbey movie starring the original cast.