Earlier this year three-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis sent a shockwave through the film world, announcing his retirement from acting, with the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed ‘Phantom Thread’ serving as his final film. At the time, little was known in regards to a plot, but that has changed with Focus Features unveiling the official synopsis:
Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the centre 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.
Megan Ellison through Annapurna Pictures is producing, along with JoAnne Sellar and Anderson. Longtime Anderson collaborator and Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood is providing the score.