We’re Getting a New Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis Movie for Christmas This Year
Regardless of the tradition you plan on celebrating this December — whether it’s Christmas, or Hanukkah, or retail discounts, or avoiding family, or taking advantage of your mom’s wine-induced generosity, or using the season to justify any number of low-key sins (sweatpants as daywear, for sure) — there will be one gift that brings us all together beneath the soft glow of a theater screen: A new film from Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Although that film does not yet have an official title (the rumored production title is Phantom Thread), it does have an official release date. During yesterday’s presentation at CinemaCon (via The Film Stage), Focus Features announced that they’ll release the untitled Anderson and Day-Lewis drama on Christmas. It’s safe to assume that this will be a limited, awards-qualifying release — like most awards contenders, and Anderson’s previous films, which received small theatrical releases before going wide in January.
Anderson’s latest film co-stars Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps, and is officially described as follows:
The new movie is a drama set in the couture world of 1950s London. The story illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.
That logline has only deepened the intrigue surrounding the project, which some have speculated may be about the life of eccentric fashion designer Charles James. James was born in Britain and moved to the States, where he set up a series of shops and became known as “America’s first couturier.” If true, it’s possible that Anderson’s film was inspired by James in the same way that Boogie Nights was inspired by John Holmes and The Master by L. Ron Hubbard.