‘Licorice Pizza’ trailer gives first look at latest Paul Thomas Anderson movie

Licorice Pizza
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When Paul Thomas Anderson has a new movie, you need to pay attention, which is why it is so exciting to finally get the first look at his latest movie, Licorice Pizza, with its first trailer. The latest movie from the director behind Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood and Phantom Thread is slated for a Nov. 26 limited release before expanding in December.

As much as everyone looks forward to a new movie from Anderson, he is incredibly good at keeping information about the film under wraps until he’s ready to share it. Exhibit A, all we know about Licorice Pizza’s plot at this point is a one sentence synopsis saying: “Licorice Pizza is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973.”

Leading the film will be Alana Haim, a member of the music band Haim, as Alana Kane and Cooper Hoffman, son of the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was a frequent collaborator with Anderson, as Gary.

The relative newcomers will be joined in the film by Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Benny Safdie, Maya Rudoplp, John C. Reilly and Ben Stiller.

Our first look at Licorice Pizza previews what could be Anderson’s funniest and sweetest movie (hard not to laugh at Bradley Cooper’s character trying to tell Gary how to pronounce Barbara Streisand). Take a peek for yourself below.

Licorice Pizza is slated for a Nov. 26 limited release to go along with whatever Thanksgiving leftovers you have. It will then get a national rollout on Christmas Day. This will put the film right in the heart of awards season. Anderson has already been nominated for eight Oscars, but has yet to be able to take one of the little golden guys home. Will that change with this latest effort?

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.