Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, is front and center in Anderson’s coming-of-age film.
The first trailer of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Liquorice pizzaIt has come online after 35mm prints of the images screened at exclusive venues like Quentin Tarantino-owned New Beverly in Los Angeles earlier this month. The film, previously thought to be titled “Soggy Bottom,” marks Anderson’s continuation of the six-time Oscar nominee “Phantom Thread.” That film earned Anderson his second Best Director nomination along with “There Will Be Blood.” What does the filmmaker have planned for his return? Another trip to the San Fernando Valley stage from the 1970s that was featured in his breakthrough “Boogie Nights.”
For his latest, Anderson has assembled a cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie, Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman, son of the late actor and frequent Anderson collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman. Cooper plays Jon Peters, the real-life Hollywood film producer whose credits include Barbra Streisand’s “A Star Is Born” (ironic, considering Cooper directed and starred in his own “A Star Is Born”). Hoffman is the protagonist, a teenage actor who lives in high school and befriends Peters. The supporting cast includes Skyler Gisondo, Maya Rudolph, and Tom Waits, among others.
Anderson shot most of his new movie in Los Angeles last fall during the pandemic. Early reports on the project described it as an ensemble drama set in the 1970s in the San Fernando Valley (think “Magnolia” on the set of “Boogie Nights”). “Licorice Pizza” will mark Anderson’s ninth feature. His previous directing endeavors include “Hard Eight”, “Boogie Nights”, “Magnolia”, “Punch-Drunk Love”, “There Will Be Blood”, “The Master”, “Inherent Vice” and “Phantom Thread”. This last title was distributed by Focus Features and began its platform launch during the Christmas holidays.
With a holiday season platform release, Anderson’s ninth film joins United Artists / MGM’s strong roster of fall films. MGM’s distribution arm also has the delayed James Bond neck “No Time to Die” on the release schedule for October 8, in addition to Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci,” starring Adam Driver and Lady Gaga. scheduled for November 24.
MGM (through United Artists) will open “Licorice Pizza” in limited release on November 26. The drama will reach its national expansion on December 25. Check out the first preview of Anderson’s latest in the video below.