Watch Daniel Day-Lewis In The Trailer For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Phantom Thread'
The trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film just dropped, and it features Daniel Day-Lewis as a smooth but damaged tailor and dress-maker in the 1950s. The film, titled Phantom Thread, is Anderson's first feature since 2014's Inherent Vice and is rumored to be Day-Lewis' final role. The last time the director and actor collaborated was for 2007's There Will Be Blood (arguably Anderson''s best), so we already know what the two are capable of accomplishing together. Plus, this movie will feature Anderson behind the camera for the first time as cinematographer, and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood is back to compose the score. Basically, Christmas can't come soon enough.
The official synopsis is as follows:
“Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Leslie Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.”
Phantom Thread was announced a year ago but the title was kept under wraps until recently. Day-Lewis' character is reportedly based on Charles James, a British fashion designer who was known as "America's first couturier," according to Indiewire.
Anderson usually makes movies about Los Angeles and the West (Boogie Nights, Punch-Drunk Love, and Magnolia all take place in the Valley; The Master is loosely based on L. Ron Hubbard and the rise of Scientology; There Will Be Blood is based on Upton Sinclair's Oil!, which is loosely based on Edward L. Doheny's life), so it is with reluctance that we loosen our grip on Anderson's geography of choice. The movie is sure to be a stunner, though, so we will forgive and forget.
We hope he returns to the Valley. Until then, get excited for Phantom Thread, and wonder to what degree Day-Lewis' character is a projection of PTA himself. The movie comes out on December 25.