Soon after the announcement of the Denzel Washington directed feature A Journal for Jordan being dated for a Christmas 2021 release, we’ve now got word on another of the year’s most anticipated titles being planned for release at the same time.
The Film Stage has reported confirmation that Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, currently under the working title of Soggy Bottom, is set for a limited debut on November 26, 2021, followed by a wide expansion on Christmas Day.
One of our 100 Movies to Look Forward to in 2021, Soggy Bottom is surely near the top of every film fan’s most awaited releases, and the confirmation that its release will be coming this year is a very exciting one.
Details on the film are still light, but we know that it’s set in the 1970s in the San Fernando Valley, and will follow a high school-aged child actor, an old-school Hollywood producer/director, and a politician running for office.
That high school student will be played by Cooper Hoffman, none other than the son of the late PTA regular Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Hollywood big shot will be played by Bradley Cooper, marking his first collaboration with PTA. Benny Safdie will take on the role of the politician, a fun and unexpected casting choice, something PTA is often known for.
With the loose hangout sounding vibe of the brief plot details, it will certainly be interesting to see how Soggy Bottom plays during next year’s awards season. PTA is an awards regular, with all but two of his movies (Hard Eight and Punch-Drunk Love) being nominated for at least some Oscars, and his most recent, Phantom Thread, being one of the big surprises of the 2017 Oscar slate – notching 6 nominations, including for Best Director and Best Picture.