Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Film Will Take Us Back To High School

In the '70s.

If you've found yourself wondering what Paul Thomas Anderson's up to these days, I've got good news: now we know!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, casting is currently underway for Anderson's next film, with an eye towards shooting in February of next year. The project - which has yet to claim a title - will once again return PTA to the San Fernando Valley (where Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love took place), and will apparently take place in the '70s and revolve around "a high school student who is also a successful child actor."

There's not much further information available at this time, unfortunately - we don't know who they're looking to cast in it, when it might arrive, whether it's a comedy or a drama - but THR does say they're hearing the film "features a multitude of roles and could be ensemble in nature or have intersecting storylines", suggesting this one might be a bit more sprawling than that one-sentence description above may imply. 

In any event: a new Paul Thomas Anderson movie is on the way! That's worth getting excited about, even if we don't know all the details (in fact, going forward, we'd prefer to know as few details as possible, thank you very much). Stay tuned for further updates as they roll in. 

(Note: Header photo by Jürgen Fauth, used w/ permission via Wikimedia Commons)