SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, winner of Best Actor for "Lincoln," poses in the press room at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at Barker Hangar on January 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

In what can only be termed as a shocking development, legendary Hollywood actor Daniel Day-Lewis has announced his retirement from acting.

The statement sent out by Day-Lewis’ spokeswoman, Leslee Dart reads, “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject. ”

Day-Lewis still has one final untitled film that will be released in December 25 2017. The movie has been directed by Paul Thomas Anderson who had earlier directed Lewis in his Oscar winning There Will Be Blood.

Undoubtedly the world will miss this genius of an actor who still remains the only man to have won three best actor Oscars for the following films – Lincoln, There Will Be Blood, My Left Foot.

We can only hope for Day-Lewis to rethink his decision may be for the sake of his legion of fans.