Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (Punch Drunk Love, There Wil Be Blood, Phantom Thread) has been a large voice in the world of cinema since the mid-’90s and has only continued to solidify his legacy of one of the greats with an impeccable body of work.
A common trait of his is his use of a familiar team of actors across his body of work that has birthed some of the best collaborations of the last few decades. Some of his regular castmates include Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights, Magnolia), John C. Riley (Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia) Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Inherent Vice), and Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood, Phantom Thread), but it was his working relationship with the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, The Master) that saw the longest collaboration and a deep and longstanding friendship.
It was an undeniable match made in heaven as Hoffman produced arguably some of his best work with the auteur, and until his untimely death, it seemed like they would never stop collaborating. But the Hoffman name will now be on the cast list for Anderson’s upcoming film, this time his son Cooper Hoffman will be helming the upcoming film as its lead.
The latest from Paul Thomas Anderson is a 1970s-era coming-of-age story following a seventeen-year-old (Hoffman) child actor. The cast will also include Alana Haim, Benny Safdie, and Bradley Cooper. Not much more s known about the plot at this time, other than its setting in the San Fernando Valley, a location familiar to Anderson as it was the stage for his first three films, but the big question now remains, how will he shape up against the large shadow left by his father?