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‘Licorice Pizza’ Trailer: Paul Thomas Anderson Heads Back To The Valley

Licorice Pizza

MGM and United Artists Releasing have released the trailer for Licorice Pizza, the first film from Oscar-nominated writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s since 2017’s Phantom Thread. The pic, which returns the filmmaker to his San Fernando Valley canvas, is set to hit select theaters November 26.

Set in 1973 in the same locale as Anderson’s Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love, the new pic stars Alana Haim from the all-sister rock band Haim and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son Cooper Hoffman as Alana Kane and Gary Valentine, who are growing up, running around and falling in love in the Los Angeles suburb.

The trailer has that PTA vibe from those previous Valley pics, complete with David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” providing the backdrop.

Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper and Benny Safdie also star in the pic, which is produced by Sara Murphy, Anderson and Adam Somner and executive produced by Joanne Sellar, Daniel Lupi, Susan McNamara, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth.

The film is from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Focus Features in association with Bron Creative and Ghoulardi Film Company. MGM scooped up the pic from Focus Features in July 2020, after the Universal specialty label made Anderson’s Best Picture Oscar-nominated Phantom Thread, which grossed nearly $48 million worldwide. UAR is distributing domestically, with Focus/Universal handling international.

Hoffman’s dad of course worked with Anderson on several movies including Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love and The Master. Haim was a part of her band’s Anderson-directed music videos including “Summer Girl” and “Little of Your Love.”

Check out the trailer above and the poster here.

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