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Some exciting news from Tinseltown: Variety is reporting that Daniel Day-Lewis and director Paul Thomas Anderson are working together again on a project set in the New York fashion world in the 1950s.

The as-yet-untitled movie marks the Oscar-winning actor’s first role since 2012’s Lincoln, which bagged him his third (that’s right: third) Best Actor Oscar, after There Will Be Blood (directed by Anderson) in 2007 and My Left Foot in 1989.

Not much is known about the plot apart from the fact it’s set in the 1950s, though Variety does note that Anderson has been meeting female actors “of eastern European descent” for supporting roles. Hmm. Intriguing.

The signs are certainly good. Day-Lewis is notoriously picky when it comes to selecting movies, preferring to take on one role every few years, while Anderson is on a roll. He released The Master in 2012, Inherent Vice in 2014, and last year directed Junan, a documentary that followed Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood‘s travel to India and work with a variety of musicians, and has been linked to an upcoming live-action take on Pinocchio starring Robert Downey Jr.

And then there’s There Will Be Blood. The duo’s last collaboration was heralded by many as a masterpiece, a once-in-a-lifetime movie that mixed a towering, terrifying lead performance with an extraordinary script and vision to create an epic cinematic experience.

So there’s every reason to get excited about this new project (not to mention start placing your bets for the 2018 Oscars…).


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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.