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Daniel Day-Lewis is playing a fashion world darling in 1950s London in a new film by Paul Thomas Anderson

Dave Calhoun

Daniel Day-Lewis is teaming up again with Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed him in 2007's 'There Will Be Blood', for a movie in which he will play a character on the fashion scene in 1950s London. The film doesn't have a title yet – and there's no information at all on who his character is – but it's set to go into production early next year, with a planned release in late 2017 or early 2018.

It's almost five years since Day-Lewis last stepped in front of the camera. That was for Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln', the film that won the 59-year-old his record-breaking third Oscar. Day-Lewis, who is married to the filmmaker Rebecca Miller ('Maggie's Plan'), famously enjoys long gaps between movies. There were three years between 'Lincoln' and his previous film, the musical 'Nine'.

Sometimes, we like to imagine what Day-Lewis has been doing with his free time in the four and a half years since 'Lincoln' – and quite frankly we're a bit jealous as we imagine him learning origami, taking up Mandarin or maybe doing a spot of gardening. During one break from acting in the 1990s, he apprenticed as a cobbler in Florence. Day-Lewis is also famous for his intensive research. So has he been immersing himself in the fashion industry on the quiet in preparation for this film? Perhaps he's been turning himself into a master tailor in a Paris atelier? Or honing his skills as a fashion photographer?

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