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Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith spark romance rumours as they put on a VERY cosy display in Venice

They have been working together on the forthcoming psychological thriller, Last Night In Soho. 

And Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith fuelled romance rumours on Saturday as they put on a very cosy display at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.

The Queen‘s Gambit actress, 25, was seen stroking the actor’s, 38, locks and cuddling him in a boat taxi, on their way to the swanky event in Italy

New couple? Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith fuelled romance rumours on Saturday as they put on a very cosy display at the 78th Venice International Film Festival

In long shots taken during their scenic boat ride, the duo were sat apart before scooting closer to one another. Matt was seen with one arm resting behind Anya as she affectionately gazed at him.

The pair appeared relaxed in each other’s company and comfortable in each other’s personal space during the day out.

As they stepped out of the boat taxi, Matt wrapped one hand around the waist of Anya while they posed for pictures. 

The Queen’s Gambit star looked sensational in a pink floral maxi dress which skimmed over her phenomenal figure. 

Come closer: In long shots taken during their scenic boat ride, the duo were sat apart before scooting closer to one another

Love in the air? The Queen’s Gambit actress, 25, was seen stroking the actor’s, 38, locks and cuddling him in a boat taxi, on their way to the swanky event in Italy 

Handsome pair: The pair looked incredibly chic as they arrived together

Handsome pair: The pair looked incredibly chic as they arrived together 

Intimate: Matt was seen with one arm resting behind Anya

Intimate: Matt was seen with one arm resting behind Anya 

Together? The pair appeared relaxed in each other's company and comfortable in each other's personal space during the day out

Together? The pair appeared relaxed in each other’s company and comfortable in each other’s personal space during the day out

Her statement gown featured black spaghetti straps and a delicate faux rose planted in the centre of her neckline. 

Anya draped a matching cardigan over her shoulders while boosting her height with strappy silver heels. 

The actress’ lengthy blonde tresses were styled in loose waves and she wore a light palette of make-up. 

Meanwhile Matt looked dapper in a pinstripe suit with a muted blue shirt underneath. 

Close contact: Anya ran her hands through Matt's hair

Doting: She appeared to be tucking his thick locks behind his ear

Close contact: Anya ran her hands through Matt’s hair

Just the two of us: Anya and Matt spent the boat ride on their own

Just the two of us: Anya and Matt spent the boat ride on their own

Caught their attention: They looked up as they arrived in style at the exclusive film event

Caught their attention: They looked up as they arrived in style at the exclusive film event 

Got her back: Matt watched over Anya as she emerged from the interior of the boat taxi

Got her back: Matt watched over Anya as she emerged from the interior of the boat taxi 

He opted for circular shades for the outing and left his brunette locks in natural waves. 

The pair looked radiant and the picture of happiness as they worked their best angles in front of the cameras.

Matt previously dated actress Lily James but the pair went their separate ways in 2020. 

Meanwhile Anya was said to be dating boyfriend Malcom McRae in July and he reportedly moved in with her.   

Plenty to smile about: As they left the boat, Matt wrapped one hand around the waist of Anya while they posed for pictures

Pretty in pink: The Queen's Gambit star looked sensational in a pink floral maxi dress which skimmed over her phenomenal figure

Plenty to smile about: As they left the boat, Matt wrapped one hand around the waist of Anya while they posed for pictures

Famous ex: Matt previously dated actress Lily James but the pair went their separate ways in 2020 (pictured in 2015)

Famous ex: Matt previously dated actress Lily James but the pair went their separate ways in 2020 (pictured in 2015)

Caught her eye: Meanwhile Anya was said to be dating boyfriend Malcom McRae in July (pictured in May) and he reportedly moved in with her

Caught her eye: Meanwhile Anya was said to be dating boyfriend Malcom McRae in July (pictured in May) and he reportedly moved in with her 

MailOnline have reached out to Anya and Matt’s reps for comment. 

Anya and Matt both take on starring roles in Last Night In Soho. The movie is directed by Edgar Wright, and was one of the films pushed back amid the Covid pandemic.

With cinemas opening across the world once more, it is slated for an October 2021 release.

Anya plays a seemingly-creepy showgirl from 1960s London, whom a modern-day fashion student aspires to be. 

The young fashionista – played by Thomasin McKenzie – begins to connect with Anya’s hedonistic ‘ghost’, channeling her into her work as a designer. 

Raise your hands: The actress' lengthy blonde tresses were styled in loose waves and she wore a light palette of make-up

Raise your hands: The actress’ lengthy blonde tresses were styled in loose waves and she wore a light palette of make-up

Dressed for the occasion: Meanwhile Matt looked dapper in a pinstripe suit with a muted blue shirt underneath

Smart figure: He opted for circular shades for the outing and left his brunette locks in natural waves

Dressed for the occasion: Meanwhile Matt looked dapper in a pinstripe suit with a muted blue shirt underneath

But the trailer – which sees a sequence of events unfold to an eerie rendition of Petula Clark’s Downtown – takes a twisted turn, as the two women’s lives appear to somehow collide, with Thomasin seemingly haunted in troubling – and violent – ways.

Things are left ambiguous, but the trailer ends with the only words spoken during it: ‘Do you believe in ghosts?’

Rita Tushingham, and Terrence Stamp also star, as does Diana Rigg, who made the movie prior to passing away in autumn 2020. This was the last project she worked on prior to her death. 

The official synopsis for Last Night In Soho reads: ‘Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller about a young girl, passionate in fashion design, who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer.

‘But 1960s London is not what it appears, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences…’  

Grand arrival: Anya waved at onlookers during her arrival and was seen sporting a salmon pink face mask and sunglasses

Grand arrival: Anya waved at onlookers during her arrival and was seen sporting a salmon pink face mask and sunglasses

Smitten? Matt fondly looked at Anya who delivered a subtly smile

What's that? He caught her attention as he pointed at something outside the camera frame

Smitten? Matt fondly looked at Anya who delivered a subtly smile 

Lady of grace: She appeared elegant and poised as a staff member in a navy suit guided her down some steps

Lady of grace: She appeared elegant and poised as a staff member in a navy suit guided her down some steps

Director Edgar is renowned for his 2017 film Baby Driver which became his top-grossing film to date. It made $107 million in the US and $226 million worldwide.

Of the delays in release, he told IndieWire earlier this year: ‘Me and the producers were behind the push, and Universal and Focus were in agreement.

‘They feel as well that we want to at least give it the chance to be in theatres and see it as it was intended to be. Obviously people will be able to watch it at home eventually.

‘I saw a headline that said, “Soho Delayed For Second Time To October,” but the more positive spin is “Soho To Be In Theaters!” That’s how I see it.

‘I’d happily wait if there’s a chance to see it on the big screen because that’s how it was made to be seen.

‘I, along with the rest of the planet, hope for the vaccine to gather momentum.’  

Helping hand: The gentleman offered the Queen's Gambit actress his hand as she returned to the taxi for a moment

Helping hand: The gentleman offered the Queen’s Gambit actress his hand as she returned to the taxi for a moment 

Stand out from the crowd: Anya looked incredible in her chic outfit

Stand out from the crowd: Anya looked incredible in her chic outfit 

Thriller: Anya and Matt return to screens in the forthcoming chiller Last Night In Soho, which is slated for an October 2021 release

Thriller: Anya and Matt return to screens in the forthcoming chiller Last Night In Soho, which is slated for an October 2021 release

Coming soon: The movie is directed by Edgar Wright, and was one of the films pushed back amid the covid pandemic

Coming soon: The movie is directed by Edgar Wright, and was one of the films pushed back amid the covid pandemic


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