Phillip Seymour Hoffman's Son, HAIM Sister to Lead Paul Thomas Anderson's New Film

Thursday September 3, 2020

The son of the late actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Cooper Hoffman, will lead Paul Thomas Anderson's new film along with Alana Haim, a member of the California-based band HAIM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The untitled film, rumored to be called "Soggy Bottom," will be a coming-of-age film about a child star and set in the 70s in San Fernando Valley — a period and location Anderson has explored throughout his career. THR also reports Bradley Cooper and Bennie Safdie, who co-directed "Uncut Gems" with Adam Sandler last year, will also appear in the project.

"Hoffman is playing the child actor at the center of the movie, which involves multiple storylines and is set in the San Fernando Valley," THR writes. "While the project will feature an ensemble of actors, including Bradley Cooper, Hoffman is the star of the film, with singer-songwriter Alana Haim."

Photos of Anderson and Cooper filming the project surfaced on social media last week. Haim was also spotted in some of the photos. Both Hoffman and Haim will be making their acting debuts with the film.

According to the film industry website Collider, Safdie, will play a closeted gay politician in the film. The character is reportedly inspired by L.A. City Council member Joel Wachs. The site also points out that Cooper's role seems to be inspired by Jon Peters, former hairdresser and film producer.

Anderson, who filmed a number of music videos for HAIM, and the late Hoffman were longtime collaborators before his death in 2014. He appeared in five of his films, including "The Master," "Magnolia," "Boogie Nights" and more.

Anderson's last film "Phantom Thread" was released in 2018 and stars Daniel Day-Lewis in what was his last acting role.