The first collaboration between actor Daniel Day-Lewis and director Paul Thomas Anderson — 2007’s There Will Be Blood — resulted in the former winning an Academy Award. Now, the duo has reunited for a new film entitled, Phantom Thread. Reportedly, it’s the actor’s final role, and rumor has it he’s leaving Hollywood in order to pursue the profession of the character he plays in the film: a dressmaker.
Phantom Thread is set in post-war 1950s London, where Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) dresses the British elite alongside his sister, Cyril (Lesley Manville). Woodcock lives a bachelor’s life, seeking temporary companionship and inspiration from a string of women. That is until the young Alma (Vicky Krieps) enters his life. Falling head-over-heels for the woman, the dressmaker’s life is soon thrown into upheaval. The film was scored by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, who previously collaborated with Anderson on There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Inherent Vice. Check out the first trailer above.
Here’s the full synopsis below:
Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley 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. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running.
Set for a December 25th release, the film is said to be Day-Lewis’ last. Over the summer, the three-time Academy Award winner announced he would be retiring from “working as an actor.” Whether that means he’s done with film entirely (directing?) is yet to be seen, though there are reports that his method approach to acting took him so deep into the character of Woodcock that he has decided to pick up dressmaking.