Daniel Day-Lewis Previews His Last Film in “Phantom Thread”

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There are not enough words to describe the level of talent Daniel Day-Lewis possesses. Every adjective has been written and every praise has been given, but one fact remains the same: there are few actors in history that have made such an impact on film as Daniel Day-Lewis.

And it’s because of his great impact that makes it difficult to watch his final performance in the trailer for “Phantom Thread.” The 60-year-old British actor declared a self-imposed retirement, leaving fans and critics alike to believe this movie to be his last. His final project is another collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson, the previous project was There Will Be Blood in 2007, for which he won his second Best Actor Oscar award. Similarly, Johnny Greenwood, Radiohead guitarist, will join for a second collaboration and score the film.

Lewis is known to excel in period pieces, and “Phantom Thread” is just that. Although the exact film synopsis is kept under wraps, the film’s Wikipedia page says, “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.”

Lewis has a steady track record of stirring awards season buzz, and “Phantom Thread” is no different. If he were to be nominated and win the Oscar for Best Actor, it would be his fourth Oscar win. He currently holds the record for most wins in the Oscar’s category for his roles in My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007), and Lincoln (2012). 

Daniel has a history of foreshadowing his retirement in acceptance speeches, often hinting that he may never make another movie. He takes his famous method acting very seriously, which could be a factor in the long gaps between films. This is his first film since Lincoln. Earlier this year his spokeswoman broke the news of his retirement and said, “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”

He is a notoriously private man, so the anticipation of his rumored last film makes it that much more bittersweet. “Phantom Thread” premieres Christmas Day 2017.

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