“Common Netflix L”: Anya Taylor-Joy’s Laughter in the Dark Turned Down by Streaming Giant Despite Her Previous Success With The Queen’s Gambit 

Netflix has passed on Anya Taylor-Joy's Laughter in the Dark project despite the success of The Queen's Gambit.

“Common Netflix L”: Anya Taylor-Joy’s Laughter in the Dark Turned Down by Streaming Giant Despite Her Previous Success With The Queen’s Gambit 


  • Anya Taylor-Joy is slated to play the role of Margot Peter in the new film adaptation of Laughter in the Dark.
  • She is set to reunite with The Queen's Gambit co-creator, Scott Frank for this project.
  • However, Netflix has passed on the project despite attaining great acclaim with her project, The Queen's Gambit.
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Anya Taylor-Joy has been attached to an adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s 1932 novel, Laughter in the Dark. However, the project seems to have fallen back a bit due to Netflix despite gaining prior success with their miniseries, The Queen’s Gambit. 

Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen's Gambit
Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen’s Gambit

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However, this is not the only project that she is notable for. With her acting prowess, she has proven to be a great talent by working on projects like The Witch, Thoroughbreds, and Peaky Blinders. However, her new project seems to have gotten a sudden pause. 


Netflix Has Turned Down Anya Taylor-Joy’s Laughter in the Dark

Anya Taylor Joy in Emma (2020).
Anya Taylor Joy in Emma (2020).

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According to The New YorkerAnya Taylor-Joy‘s upcoming work, Laughter in the Dark has a new update but it’s not much positive. The film adaptation has been turned down by Netflix, which has also streamed her successful project, The Queen’s Gambit

The film adaptation revolves around a middle-aged art critic, Albert Albinus who finds himself drawn to a 17-year-old aspiring actress, Margot Peter (played by the former). She is set to reunite with The Queen’s Gambit’s co-creator, Scott Frank for this project who in The Ringer’s The Watch podcast gave a brief on this project. He stated that this project is “a valentine to movies, I’m going to do it as a film noir and a movie within a movie. And it’s a really nasty, wonderful, thriller.”


He is co-writing the script with the novelist and screenwriter, Megan Abbott. While the novel is often described as a precursor to Lolita, he wanted the project to be a film noir. 

The writers talked “about the femme fatale as this character who gets short shrift,” with Frank wanting the “female point of view to be foregrounded.” They further clarified that the Peaky Blinders star will play the femme fatale if the project gets in motion. 

Internet Reacts Over Laughter in the Dark’s New Update

Moses Ingram and Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen’s Gambit
Moses Ingram and Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen’s Gambit

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The new update has surely left fans puzzled especially when The Witch star’s miniseries have already unraveled new milestones for the streaming giant. However, Frank’s new project has already been passed on.

They shared their reactions on X. Check out the tweets here.

However, this is one of three projects the streaming giant passed on after the global success of the 2020 miniseries. Following the life story of fictional chess prodigy, Beth Harmon (played by Taylor-Joy), the series gained critical acclaim and became Netflix’s most-watched scripted miniseries. It also won 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series. Even the lead actress bagged a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and a Screen Actors Guild Award. 


The Queen’s Gambit is streaming on Netflix. 


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