Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho postponed by seven months

The release of Edgar Wright’s upcoming film Last Night in Soho has been postponed by seven months. The Baby Driver director’s next outing, a psychological thriller starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, and Matt Smith, was originally set to be r…

The release of Edgar Wright’s upcoming film Last Night in Soho has been postponed by seven months.

The Baby Driver director’s next outing, a psychological thriller starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, and Matt Smith, was originally set to be released on 25 September 2020, but bosses at Universal Pictures, which own Focus Features, removed the movie from their schedule following the widespread closure of cinemas following the coronavirus pandemic.

Many fans wondered about the fate of Last Night in Soho when Universal executives rescheduled their movies and failed to give it a new release date, and Wright has now explained that the movie isn’t finished yet because post-production was interrupted by the health crisis.

Announcing the new release date of 23 April 2021, the Hot Fuzz director wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: “Haunted by someone else’s past, but we’ll see you in the future… It’s true, #LastNightInSoho is not quite finished yet due to Covid-19. But, I’m excited for you all to experience it, at a big screen near you, on April 23, 2021.”

Alongside the message, Wright shared a still of Taylor-Joy putting her arms on the shoulders of Smith in a ’60s telephone booth.

According to IMDb, Last Night in Soho follows a young girl who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s, where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.

The project is set and was filmed in London’s Soho district between May and August last year. Wright directed the film from a script he co-wrote with 1917 writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns. He is also producing the movie alongside Nira Park and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

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Edgar Wright set to direct Set My Heart to Five

Edgar Wright is attached to direct an adaptation of the upcoming sci-fi novel Set My Heart to Five. The Baby Driver director has signed up to helm the adaptation of Simon Stephenson’s upcoming novel about a robot learning to love, which is scheduled t…

Edgar Wright is attached to direct an adaptation of the upcoming sci-fi novel Set My Heart to Five.

The Baby Driver director has signed up to helm the adaptation of Simon Stephenson’s upcoming novel about a robot learning to love, which is scheduled to be released later this year via HarperCollins imprints Hanover Square Press in the U.S. and 4th Estate Books in the U.K.

According to both The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, Set My Heart to Five is “set in an all-too-human 2054” and follows Jared, an android which undergoes an emotional awakening and embarks on a quest to convince humans that he and his kind should be permitted to feel.

The mission, sparked in part by Jared’s introduction to ’80s and ’90s movies, leads to an adventure across the West Coast of America, with Jared being determined to meet his creator and write a film script that will change the world.

Executives at Working Title Films, Focus Features, and Compete Fiction Pictures teamed up to acquire the film rights to the novel. Stephenson is set to adapt his own manuscript.

Wright, who is also known for Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, is a frequent collaborator with the producers at Working Title and they worked together recently on Last Night in Soho, the psychological horror film starring Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Matt Smith. It is currently scheduled to hit cinemas in September.

The British director has numerous projects in the pipeline, including a documentary about cult pop duo Sparks and animated movie Shadows. He has also written the first draft of a script for a Baby Driver sequel.

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Jared Harris over the moon to be working with Matt Smith on Morbius

Jared Harris couldn’t wait to reunite with his The Crown co-star Matt Smith on the set of Morbius.Jared Leto is taking on the lead in the new Spider-Man spin-off, with Smith set to play villain Loxias Crown. Harris is also part of Daniel Espinosa’s cas…

Jared Harris couldn’t wait to reunite with his The Crown co-star Matt Smith on the set of Morbius.

Jared Leto is taking on the lead in the new Spider-Man spin-off, with Smith set to play villain Loxias Crown. Harris is also part of Daniel Espinosa’s cast, though he’s keeping tight-lipped on his actual role.

“I knew that I would get to work with Matt again, so I was excited about that,” he told Collider when asked what drew him to the project. “We’ve become friends. We became friends on The Crown, and we stayed in touch, so that seemed like it would be fun. And then, I’m a fan of those movies. I grew up reading comic books, so I enjoy watching those films, and it seemed like it would be fun to be a part of it. I can’t say too much about it because, as you know, they are extremely strict about keeping a lid on everything, even naming the characters’ names.”

Morbius, a scientist who becomes a bloodthirsty vampire, was first introduced in 1971 for The Amazing Spider-Man Marvel comic book series.

Talking about his own comic habits, Harris, son of late screen legend Richard Harris, said he had “stacks and stacks” as a youngster.

“Back in the day, certainly when we would be on holiday, there was no television. VHS hadn’t been invented yet. You had to entertain yourselves, and when you were a kid who was nine years old, you read and re-read comics,” the 57-year-old recalled. “That was one of the ways you did it. You played games and cards, and you swam, and you kicked the ball around, but there were times when the adults wanted their own time. They didn’t want to talk to you or play with you, so you’d just go off and entertain yourself, and you’d re-read your stack of comics.”

Morbius hits cinemas in July 2020.

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Tyrese Gibson joins Marvel spin-off Morbius

Tyrese Gibson is joining Jared Leto in Spider-Man spin-off Morbius.It’s not known who the Fast & Furious franchise regular will be playing, but Leto, who also plays The Joker in DC movies, was confirmed as the Marvel villain in June (18). Former Doct…

Tyrese Gibson is joining Jared Leto in Spider-Man spin-off Morbius.

It’s not known who the Fast & Furious franchise regular will be playing, but Leto, who also plays The Joker in DC movies, was confirmed as the Marvel villain in June (18). Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith was also added to the cast at the start of the year.

Marvel baddie Morbius was introduced to comic book fans in 1971. Written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Gil Kane, the character’s backstory reveals him to be a scientist who tried to cure himself of a blood disease, with tragic results, leading to him being afflicted with vampire traits such as fangs and a thirst for blood. He wound up becoming an enemy of the web-slinging superhero.

Morbius is being directed by Daniel Espinosa, whose last film was 2017’s Life. The Sony flick is slated for a 2020 release.

Gibson is a comic fan himself, and brought out his own three-issue mini-series, Mayhem!, in 2009, published through Image Comics.

“When I was out (at Comic-Con promoting Death Race) I really got to know some of the fans and I was just asking questions like, ‘Look at you, you’ve got a full on Superman costume on or Batman costume,’ and they were just like, ‘I just love comic books.’ It was the first time I was ever exposed to that much selfless passion, to the point to where you don’t care how silly you may look – you don’t even consider it silly,” he previously told CNN.

“That really did something for me, because I’m motivated by passion. I thought I want to figure a way to be a part of this world, and that’s when Mayhem was born.”

He lobbied for the role of the Green Lantern in 2015, Photoshopping images of himself as the character across his Instagram page when it was announced a new movie was in the works at Warner Bros.

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M.I.A. & Matt Smith to front new Burberry Christmas campaign

M.I.A., Matt Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas will be part of the upcoming 2018 holiday campaign for British fashion house Burberry. Photographer Juno Calypso, who is famous for her self-portraits, has directed and shot the ad campaign, which will launc…

M.I.A., Matt Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas will be part of the upcoming 2018 holiday campaign for British fashion house Burberry.

Photographer Juno Calypso, who is famous for her self-portraits, has directed and shot the ad campaign, which will launch on 13 November (18).

The Christmas ads will also feature supermodel Naomi Campbell and her mother Valerie Morris-Campbell.

Burberry’s chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci teased the campaign after his debut spring/summer 2019 show in September (18), revealing he was planning to create fashion for all ages.

“Why just offer one identity when you can really design for every age, for every culture and every different lifestyle?” he said.

The new campaign marks a return to Burberry for former Doctor Who star Smith, who appeared alongside Cara Delevingne for the fashion house’s 2017 winter ads, while past Christmas commercials have featured Lily James, Sienna Miller, Romeo Beckham, and James Corden.

Delevingne recently heaped praise on Burberry bosses, claiming they share her beliefs.

Cara made her breakthrough as a model when former chief creative officer Christopher Bailey cast her in the label’s spring/summer 2011 campaign, while she was working part-time in the office of fashion website ASOS.

She has since featured in numerous Burberry campaigns and walked in many catwalk shows – including Bailey’s final collection during London Fashion Week in February (18). And as the label has become more active in issues like equal rights and sustainability, Cara is more than happy to represent Burberry.

“They follow what my beliefs are,” the Suicide Squad star told Allure. “I don’t like to work with brands who I don’t have the same beliefs as, or share the kind of determination and drive and love, whether its equal rights or sustainability. It’s important for me to have a paralleled direction of where you’re going with a brand.”

Cara is currently the face of the style house’s new fragrance, Burberry Her.

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Former Doctor Who Matt Smith boards next Star Wars

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has reportedly landed another major sci-fi role after stepping into the Star Wars universe. The Brit, who also played Prince Philip in Netflix hit The Crown, has signed on to join the cast of director J.J. Abrams’ Sta…

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has reportedly landed another major sci-fi role after stepping into the Star Wars universe.

The Brit, who also played Prince Philip in Netflix hit The Crown, has signed on to join the cast of director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX, according to Deadline.

Nothing is known about the actor’s new movie role or even if he’ll play a hero or villain in the next Star Wars film, which also features returning stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Adam Driver, and the late Carrie Fisher.

Bosses at Disney and Lucasfilm shared the news Fisher’s Princess Leia Organa character will be back in the next installment of the sci-fi series last month (Jul18), as Abrams explained he would be piecing together unused clips from 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to resurrect Carrie’s iconic character for the sequel to 2017’s The Last Jedi.

“Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us,” he shared in a statement issued to Variety. “We were never going to recast, or use a CG (computer-generated) character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie (Lourd), we have found a way to honour Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

Keri Russell and Richard E. Grant have also been added to the cast of the next Star Wars epic, as has Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan.

Abrams, who directed and produced Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has started pre-production on the next Star Wars blockbuster, which will be released in December, 2019.

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British royals lead Tatler’s 2018 best-dressed list

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have been declared two of Britain’s best-dressed women by Tatler magazine.The U.K. publication will publish the full feature in its September issue (18), but has already revealed that the two royals have…

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have been declared two of Britain’s best-dressed women by Tatler magazine.

The U.K. publication will publish the full feature in its September issue (18), but has already revealed that the two royals have made the cut.

Praising The Queen as “the ultimate power dresser,” editors noted her fondness for “bright block colours” as well as her love of floral prints, while former Suits actress Meghan’s impeccable dress sense was boosted by her wedding to Prince Harry in May, where she wore an elegant bridal gown designed by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller.

“Prince Harry’s Californian bride blew us away with her Givenchy wedding dress and has redefined modern royal style with every subsequent appearance,” a Tatler editor commented in a statement.

Meghan is joined on the list by her sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who was complimented for re-wearing outfits and mixing designer and high street labels. While Catherine’s five-year-old son Prince George earned a place for flying “the flag for Christopher Robin chic” with a wardrobe full of shorts, long socks and sleeveless jumpers.

Away from the royal family, singer Dua Lipa was mentioned for her outfits, particularly her choice of “bra tops and tracksuits”.

Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya was described as “sharp and suave,” whereas Amal Clooney received recognition for being “polished” with a “playful” touch.

Other high-profile names on Tatler’s 2018 list include Burberry designer Riccardo Tisci, Jerry Hall, Nicky Hilton, Harry Styles, Stella McCartney as well as A-list couple Lily James and Matt Smith.

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Keira Knightley and Matt Smith to star in spy thriller

Keira Knightley and Matt Smith have signed on to star in real-life spy movie Official Secrets.The British stars will headline director Gavin Hood’s next project, which will be based on Marcia and Thomas Mitchell’s 2008 book The Spy Who Tried to Stop a …

Keira Knightley and Matt Smith have signed on to star in real-life spy movie Official Secrets.

The British stars will headline director Gavin Hood’s next project, which will be based on Marcia and Thomas Mitchell’s 2008 book The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion.

U.K. secret service officer Katharine Gun rose to prominence in 2003 when she leaked top-secret information to the press concerning illegal activities by U.S. officials in their push for the invasion of Iraq. Some of these activities included the U.S. National Security Agency’s eavesdropping operation on countries tasked with passing a second United Nations resolution on the invasion of Iraq.

While Knightley will take on the role of Gun, it is yet to be confirmed what part Smith will play.

Regarding the casting, eOne chief content officer Mark Gordon said that he was thrilled to have both actors on board and is looking forward to the shoot kicking off in England next month (Mar18).

“Official Secrets documents an incredibly intense and suspenseful true story, pulling the curtain back on one of the most controversial international incidents in recent history,” he said, according to Screen Daily. “Combining Keira and Matt’s exceptional talent with Gavin’s unrivalled storytelling abilities, we are confident this film will leave a lasting impression with audiences around the world.”

Knightley is currently promoting her film Colette, a biographical drama film based on the life of the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. She will also appear in upcoming movie Berlin, I Love You and play The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Meanwhile, Smith has most recently been seen onscreen as Prince Philip on Netflix show The Crown, and will portray cult leader Charles Manson in Mary Harron’s movie Charlie Says.

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