The actor has won three best actor Oscars, winning the top accolade for his roles in Lincoln, There Will Be Blood and My Left Foot. It's all but guaranteed to net Daniel Day-Lewis another Oscar nomination (worth noting: a fourth Best Actor trophy would be one helluva way for him to go out). "This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject".
The actor did not give a reason for his sudden retirement, and it's unclear if Day-Lewis will work in the entertainment industry in any capacity moving forward. He's also dived so deep into his characters through his particular method approach that even some of his own co-stars couldn't say if they'd ever really carried out a normal conversation with him on set. "Phantom Thread", which Focus Features will release december 25, is his first film in five years, following "Lincoln".
Day-Lewis will next appear in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread", his second collaboration with the director, which is already in post production and due out on Christmas this year. He won for his performances in "My Left Foot", "Lincoln" and "There Will Be Blood". When he starred in an adaptation of the Milan Kundera novel Unbearable Lightness of Being, Day-Lewis actually learned the Czech language, despite the film being in English.
Jim Sheridan's masterful film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Gerry Conlon, a man convicted and sentenced to prison for an IRA bombing he did not commit after a forced confession. The film and Day-Lewis's performance speak for themselves.
Obviously, his absence from film will be a noticeable one. Either way, his massive talents will surely be missed on screen.