Few actors have ever reached a legendary status on the same level as Daniel Day Lewis. Over the course of his lengthy career, he has turned in some of the most iconic performances ever committed to film, and he has become recognized as one of the all-time greats. But all good things must eventually come to an end, and the thespian will soon hang it up after his final project, Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread. Not much is known about Lewis' final foray into the silver screen world, but now it looks like the film will center on an English dressmaker in the 1950s. Phantom Thread's synopsis reads:
Writer/director Anderson's will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century. 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. The film also stars Lesley Manville (Maleficent), Camilla Rutherford (The Darjeeling Limited) and Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man).
Based on that synopsis from Comingsoon.net, it looks like Daniel Day Lewis is gearing up for yet another period piece as his final silver screen performance -- which is undoubtedly a model that has worked for him in films like Last of the Mohicans and Lincoln. Following the story of a dressmaker for the royal family in 1950s London, it seems reasonable to assume that Phantom Thread could come chock full of those little character moments that we have come to expect from his performances over the years.
The pairing of Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson for a premise like Phantom Thread should be enough to get any film fan excited based merely on their earlier collaboration. Ten years ago they released There Will Be Blood to near-universal acclaim, with some hailing Daniel Day Lewis' performance as oil tycoon Daniel Plainview has the best performance of his career.
If they can recapture the same magic that worked so well a decade ago, then there's no reason not to assume that Phantom Thread could debut to similar acclaim. Add that to the fact that the project has assembled a pretty phenomenal cast of supporting actors, and things are shaping up quite nicely as we prepare to say goodbye to one of the film industry's unique and well-respected voices.
CinemaBlend will bring you any and all relevant updates related to Daniel Day Lewis' final Hollywood performance in Phantom Thread as new information about it becomes available to us. The film is set to debut on December 25, 2017. Until then, take a look at our comprehensive 2017 movie premiere guide and our 2018 movie premiere guide and fill out your moviegoing calendars accordingly!