Benny Safdie secures major role in upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film
Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film will see the acclaimed director turn his hand to the coming-of-age genre, with a difference, as always. It now looks like Benny Safdie is set to play a major role in the film as the politician character called Wachs.
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 seems like 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.
The film is currently being filmed and is set in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, it apparently is focussed on a high school student who is also a child actor.
Bradley Cooper is set to take up the lead role and his look has drawn similarities with Jon Peters, who directed the original A Star Is Born film in 1976. Alana Haim is also set to star.