Holdovers, The: Alexander Payne’s New Movie, Starring Paul Giamatti

The Holdovers is an upcoming serio-comedy directed by Alexander Payne and starring Paul Giamatti.

Like Election, The Holdovers is set in school. Deerfield Academy teacher Paul Hunham, who is disliked, is put in charge of supervising Angus, a smart and rebellious student unable to journey home for Christmas.

Joining them is Mary, the school’s head cook (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) whose son recently died in the Vietnam War.

The Holdovers is the second collaboration between director Alexander Payne and actor Paul Giamatti after Sideways (2004).

Payne got the idea after watching a 1930s French film and contacted David Hemingson to write the screenplay, which was originally a writing sample for a pilot episode.

In June 2021, Miramax acquired the distribution rights.

Shooting began in Massachusetts on January 27, 2022.


Paul Giamatti as Paul Hunham, a heavily disliked teacher at Deerfield Academy

Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Mary, the school’s head cook whose son recently died in the Vietnam War

Carrie Preston as Lydia Crane, the school office administrator who also works as a waitress

Alexander Payne Filmography

The Passion of Martin (1990)

Citizen Ruth (1996)

Election (1999)

About Schmidt (2002)

Sideways (2004)

The Descendants (2011)

Nebraska (2013)

Downsizing (2017)

The Holdovers (TBA)