Philip Seymour Hoffman's son Cooper to lead new Paul Thomas Anderson movie

Ben Arnold
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FILE- In this Jan. 19, 2014, file photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote," was found dead Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in his New York apartment. He was 46. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Credit: Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Cooper Hoffman, the son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, is to play the lead in Paul Thomas Anderson's forthcoming movie.

The so-far untitled coming-of-age film is to be set in the 70s, and will centre on a fictional child actor, to be played by the 17-year-old Hoffman in his screen debut.

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Anderson has penned the movie, which will be filmed in and around the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, a frequent backdrop for Anderson's films, and will feature multiple storylines, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25:  Philip Seymour Hoffman and son Cooper Alexander Hoffman (L) attend the Detroit Pistons vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on November 25, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Philip Seymour Hoffman and son Cooper Alexander Hoffman in 2012 in New York (Credit: James Devaney/WireImage)

Seymour Hoffman and Anderson were long-time collaborators, right up to his tragic death from an overdose in 2014.

Their first project together was the gambling drama Hard Eight, Anderson's debut feature, in 1996.

He then went on to star in hits like Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and The Master in 2012, in which he played the charismatic leader of a religious movement opposite Joaquin Phoenix.

Hoffman was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role.

Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman during 21st Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival - The Riviera Award Honoring Phillip Seymour Hoffman at Marjorie Luke in Santa Barbara, CA, United States. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)
Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Credit: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)

Alongside Cooper Hoffman on the cast of the new Anderson project will be Bradley Cooper and Alana Haim, from the band Haim, for whom Anderson has directed a number of music videos.

Director and writer Bennie Safdie, one half of the Safdie brothers, the makers of celebrated movies like Good Time and Uncut Gems, will also have a role in the movie.