Alana Haim, the guitarist and vocalist of indie-pop band HAIM, is making her first foray into the world of cinema and will co-star in Paul Thomas Anderson’s new 1970s drama.
The coming-of-age story, which is set in the San Fernando Valley, will also feature Bradley Cooper and Bennie Safdie. Adding more major named to the bustling cast, the Hollywood Reporter has also revealed that Cooper Hoffman, the son of Oscar-winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, will star alongside Alana Haim in the film.
Anderson, best known for his acclaimed feature films such as Boogie Nights, The Master, Phantom Thread and more, is said to have written the upcoming new film and will also take on producing and directing duties through his Ghoulardi Film Company.
Much like most of the high profile projects within the film industry at the moment, production on the Anderson film has been delayed by the ongoing health crisis. However, reports suggest that Focus Features—who acquired the project from MGM—are hopeful that filming could begin later this year.
The untitled film arrives as the follow-up to Anderson’s most recent effort Phantom Thread, a project which was met by critical and commercial success. For Cooper, the on-screen effort would be his first major role since his brilliant work on A Star Is Born.
The character that Safdie is set to play is seemingly inspired by former Los Angeles Council member Joel Wachs, who is a closeted eccentric figure who didn’t come out until the 1990s and now serves as the president of the Andy Warhol Foundation. He began his first term in 1971, which appears to be when the film is set, with Wachs serving on the LA Council until 2001 when he handed his resignation in 2001. Safdie’s character in the upcoming project would be the first time that one of Anderson’s characters is an actual person.