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Daniel Day-Lewis in 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)

Acting legend Sir Daniel Day-Lewis is an elusive beast, making movies that are few and far between, and rarely glimpsed, even in his natural habitat: London.

Last weekend, though, he was spotted in Whitby — a seaside town on the north-east coast of England, made famous by Irish author Bram Stoker, who used it as the setting for his gothic horror novel, Dracula.

And, fittingly enough, it was a churchyard where local photographer Glenn Kilpatrick spotted Daniel walking among the graves:

This wasn’t just Daniel on a winter walk, however. This was the set of his new movie, and The Whitby Gazette was quick to pick up on the Hollywood shoot taking place in its small town.

The story is certainly a big one. Day-Lewis is famously picky with which roles he takes on, with his last being the lead in 2012’s Lincoln, the presidential epic that netted him his third (third!) Best Actor Oscar. Not only that, but since 1997 a pattern has emerged, in which he stars in one awards-buster every five years (1997’s The Boxer, 2002’s Gangs of New York and 2007’s There Will be Blood. Though 2009’s poorly-received Nine and 2005’s Ballad of Jack and Rose do slightly spoil things).

All of which means, we’re definitely due a DDL epic in 2017. Sure enough, we told you in June about the new film that’ll see him reunited him with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson.

By September, Deadline confirmed it would be set in the London fashion industry in the 1950s, making it a very different from their previous collaboration, which was set in the nineteenth-century oil fields of New Mexico. Apart from that, though, we didn’t know much about the movie — not even a name.

Until now, that is. As well as getting the first shots of the star on set, Whitby photographer Kilpatrick might just have stumbled upon an exclusive, by zooming in on a sign in one of the cars:

Note to Hollywood publicists: don’t think you can ever keep a film under wraps for too long.

According to Kilpatrick, the crew have been filming just outside Whitby, and will spend the next few weeks on the Yorkshire coast in “the picturesque village of Stithies.” He adds: “Word on the local grapevine is that fishing boats have been hired for Feb in Staithes and some filming will also take part in various cottages on High Street.”

Okay, so: boats, Yorkshire villages, fashion and a cemetery. We’re currently picturing a horror movie awash with high-end clothing, possibly with a nautical theme. The mind boggles…

You can see more photos from the set on Kilpatrick’s website.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.