Casting Call: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Charles James

Published June 10, 2016

In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film. 

Earlier this month, Variety reported that beloved writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s next project will most likely be a biopic of a real-life fashion designer. Though the protagonist’s name has yet to be disclosed, the film will purportedly take place in 1950s New York with Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead role. Speculation about the designer’s identity is rampant, with NY Mag’s Vulture suggesting society designer Charles James as a potential candidate.

Known to always speak his mind, 
James certainly aligns with PTA’s previous interests in eccentric men. In Interview‘s November 1972 issue, for example, James unabashedly highlighted the importance of his work: “I don’t think that my work has ever been out of date, in that it was only ahead of its time,” he said. “It was only a matter of waiting until it became a New Look.” 

Whether PTA’s film is a direct biopic or more lenient with its historical basis, we can hardly wait.

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