Last Night In Soho Soundtrack Features '60s Deep Cuts: Listen To Anya Taylor-Joy's Cover Of Downtown

In tandem with Edgar Wright's latest feature, "Last Night In Soho," Back Lot Music has dropped a single, sung by none other than the film's star. Anya Taylor-Joy ("The Witch") steps behind the microphone and croons a soulful, downtempo cover of Petula Clark's '60s chart-topper, "Downtown," in a crisp new music video dropped first on Taylor-Joy's Instagram, then on Focus Features' YouTube channel. Mondo Music and Death Waltz Recording Co. will also release a 7-inch record of the single, with an uptempo version of "Downtown" on the B-side.  Each extended version of the classic pop song is produced... The post Last Night in Soho Soundtrack Features '60s Deep Cuts: Listen to Anya Taylor-Joy's Cover of Downtown appeared first on /Film.

Last Night In Soho Soundtrack Features '60s Deep Cuts: Listen To Anya Taylor-Joy's Cover Of Downtown

In tandem with Edgar Wright's latest feature, "Last Night In Soho," Back Lot Music has dropped a single, sung by none other than the film's star. Anya Taylor-Joy ("The Witch") steps behind the microphone and croons a soulful, downtempo cover of Petula Clark's '60s chart-topper, "Downtown," in a crisp new music video dropped first on Taylor-Joy's Instagram, then on Focus Features' YouTube channel. Mondo Music and Death Waltz Recording Co. will also release a 7-inch record of the single, with an uptempo version of "Downtown" on the B-side. 

Each extended version of the classic pop song is produced by the film's composer, Steven Brice, with the orchestra recording at Abbey Road Studios in London. The 1960s-inspired soundtrack of various artists (curated specifically by Wright) drops on October 22 and includes three songs performed by Taylor-Joy, including a "Soho Version" of Cilla Black's "You're My World" and an a capella version of "Downtown." The arrival of Brice's full score to the film coincides with the film's release on October 29.

In a press release, Price commented on his arrangements of the songs Taylor-Joy performs:

"My thought was, imagine if Sandie's dreams come true and she got to do those songs at Café de Paris for real. So, we did the proper numbers, everything period accurate in Abbey Road. We then wanted to do a unique version of 'Downtown,' building on the audition Sandy performs in the film. We recorded a new slowed down version, combining the orchestra and textures of the film's score to create a haunting new take on the song."

"You Can Forget All Your Troubles, Forget All Your Cares, So Go..."

The video also serves as a light teaser, with clips from the psychological horror film. /Film's own Marshall Shaffer has good things to say about it, observing that Edgar Wright is "out of his comfort zone, but not out of his range." According to the synopsis for "Last Night In Soho," aspiring fashion designer Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie) finds herself able to access 1960s Soho, where she encounters a stunning aspiring singer, Sandie (Taylor-Joy). Behind the nostalgic glamour, Eloise's two-world reality fractures into something more sinister.

The writer-director of the Cornetto Flavors trilogy is no stranger to needle-drops, so it's no surprise that the director would be zealous about the music for his latest. The title of the film itself derives from a Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich track (that is indeed included in the various artists compilation). The press release further explains how intensely music figured into the process:

The decade long development of the story was done hand in hand with finding songs that set the tone for the film he had in mind. Then, he and co-screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns listened to the music he'd assembled as they wrote the script; Wright even put together a playlist for his cast members to listen to as they read the results. But he also wanted a score to soundtrack the two eras of "Last Night in Soho" and tie together the stories of these two very different young women. To achieve this, Wright turned once again to his now-regular composer, Academy Award® winner Steven Price, who scored both "Baby Driver" and "The World's End."
While Price's influences for the score included contemporary film music by the likes of Ennio Morricone and John Barry, the music also explores musique concréte techniques of the time, looping fragments of dialogue and on-screen sound to add a unique and often subliminally sinister edge to the score. The sounds of '60s Soho blend into the present-day London scenes as Eloise is sucked further into the past. "One of the central ideas is that Sandie's voice becomes part of the fabric of the film, so you hear her siren song from the '60s bleeding through into the present day, and Anya's performances became an intrinsic part of it... I was so pleased that our lead actress could also be the lead singer in the film score; the whole thing knitted together," said Price.

You can pre-order the compilation soundtrack here or the score here. "Last Night In Soho" arrives in theaters on October 29, 2021.

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"The Story of Marvel Studios" is a book littered with behind-the-scenes details about the formation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's easy to take the whole shared-universe movie conceit for granted now that it's been done in the MCU, but back in the late 2000s and early 2010s, this was still a relatively new, novel idea. At that time, the concept of having five superhero films cross over into one big team-up remained untested on the big screen. However, that's exactly what "The Avengers" delivered in 2012. Joss Whedon may be persona non grata in Hollywood right now due to disturbing... The post Joss Whedon Wanted Zooey Deschanel to Play The Wasp in an Early Draft of The Avengers appeared first on /Film.

Joss Whedon Wanted Zooey Deschanel To Play The Wasp In An Early Draft Of The Avengers

"The Story of Marvel Studios" is a book littered with behind-the-scenes details about the formation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's easy to take the whole shared-universe movie conceit for granted now that it's been done in the MCU, but back in the late 2000s and early 2010s, this was still a relatively new, novel idea. At that time, the concept of having five superhero films cross over into one big team-up remained untested on the big screen. However, that's exactly what "The Avengers" delivered in 2012.

Joss Whedon may be persona non grata in Hollywood right now due to disturbing allegations from several actors who have worked with him as far back as his time as showrunner on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to as recently as his time as fill-in director on "Justice League." Yet Whedon's reputation for writing the stock "strong female character" was still intact when "The Avengers" was coming together, and apparently, this informed early drafts of his script, which centered on the Wasp.

In "The Story of Marvel Studios," producer Jeremy Latcham reiterates some of what we've already heard in the past about the development of "The Avengers." Specifically, that it was going to introduce the Wasp and that the original villain was Zeke Stane, the son of Jeff Bridges' character, Obadiah Stane, from "Iron Man." He also reveals a new tidbit, though, about who Whedon had in mind for the role of Wasp. He explains:

"It was all about The Wasp. He wanted to cast Zooey Deschanel. [Wasp] was the funniest character in the whole movie, and well-written."

What If ... The Wasp Had Been Introduced Earlier?

According to the book, part of the reason why Whedon's first draft of "The Avengers" script focused so much on the Wasp is that there was some question whether Scarlett Johansson would be available to reprise her role as Black Widow from "Iron Man 2." The book quotes him as saying:

"The Wasp happened because there was a short period where it looked like we weren't going to be able to get Scarlett [due to scheduling conflicts], so I was panicking. I thought, 'Hold on, we could do The Wasp.' Then I fell in love with that. But we did get Scarlett, and then I realized I had written this entire movie about The Wasp. Oops. I overcompensated there."

Ultimately, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige and other producers like Latcham decided that they wanted to focus on assembling the existing Avengers, characters who had already been introduced onscreen pre-2012, as opposed to brand new heroes and villains like the Wasp and Zeke Stane. We never did see Zeke in the MCU, but the Wasp, of course, would later make her debut in "Ant-Man," where she would be portrayed by Evangeline Lilly.

Lilly recently said that she was just now starting to understand her character after several movies, so you could argue that the Wasp wound up being underdeveloped, even for the actress who played her. As for Deschanel, after appearing in films like "500 Days of Summer" and "The Happening," she shifted more to TV in the 2010s, starring on the Fox sitcom, "New Girl." 

I don't know if her Wasp would have been any better or worse, but in the spirit of Marvel's multiversal animated series, "What If...?," it's always interesting to imagine the possibilities.

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