The master filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson is returning to the screens this winter with Phantom Thread, a project that until just recently was draped in a think veil of secrecy. It was only a short while ago that the film’s title was confirmed and details have been scarce aside from the revelation that Phantom Thread may very well be Oscar-winner Daniel Day Lewis‘ final role before entering into retirement.
Today brings us the trailer for Phantom Thread, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest still feels mysterious and enigmatic in our first glimpse. Daniel Day Lewis stars as Reynolds Woodcock, a highly regarded dressmaker in post-war London. The glamorous and tight-knit world of Reynolds will be spun for a loop when Alma (Vicky Krieps) enters his life, causing him to shun a lifestyle of womanizing and into a serious committed relationship. Of course, this piece of marketing teases the cinematography by Anderson himself and the score by Anderson’s frequent collaborator and member of Radiohead, Johnny Greenwood.
Phantom Thread lands in select theaters on December 25, 2017 from Focus Features before its gradual expansion. If there’s anything to expect from Paul Thomas Anderson it’s that he’s not going to be eager to make a crowd-pleasing drama with easy answers that’ll leave you walking out the theater with a wide grin on your face. There’s plenty of mystery to unwrap in Phantom Thread, and I can’t wait to unravel Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest intricate design.
The official synopsis for Phantom Thread:
Set in the glamour of 1950’s 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. “Phantom Thread” is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.