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Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix May be Reteaming On 'Inherent Vice'

Phoenix would be stepping in for Robert Downey Jr.

Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix at the Venice Film FestivalPaul Thomas Anderson (The Master) has been looking to put together a filmed adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel "Inherent Vice" for some time and back in September 2012 rumor had Robert Downey Jr. stepping in to star as 1960s stoner P.I. Larry "Doc" Sportello who is hired by an ex-girlfriend to investigate the disappearance of her wealthy lover. Seems today Anderson has found himself a muse.

Word is Anderson is prepared to reteam with his Master star, as Variety reports Joaquin Phoenix is expected to step into the shoes of Sportello for Inherent Vice, though a start date has not yet been announced.

Variety's Justin Kroll says the film will be a black comedy, which matches up with what Anderson told Empire a while back, saying, "[It's] like a Cheech and Chong movie, [adapting it is] just gonna be great and, hopefully, fun... I'd like to have a few years of being more productive. But we'll see... There's so much. But it's fun too, be because they're his words, and... it's like taking your dad's car for a ride, y'know?"

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  • http://www.everyeliakazanmovie.blogspot.ca/ IngmarTheBergman

    YESSS!

  • adu

    Double yes!!

  • http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

    I can't say I'm mad, and nothing against Phoenix, but I was really looking forward to a PTA/Downey Jr collaboration.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Elijah/ Elijah

    Hell yeah! As long as they don't go Burton/Depp and do a hundred films together that's just fine, so glad Phoenix is doing actual films again.

    • Conor

      Haha if Phoenix was nearly as good in these hundred films as he is in The Master I wouldn't mind.

    • http://custodianfilmcritic.com Timbo

      At the rate PT makes films, it would be impossible for them to do even ten together...

  • John Doe Snow

    That's a bummer...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    Honestly I'd rather see Downey. I'd rather see what PTA can do with different actors, because he's such an original talent. And it'd be a nice departure from comic book world for Downey. Oh well, maybe he'd rather just cash Disney checks.

  • Dan

    Robert Downey Jr. has officially sold out. By the end of this year he will have played Tony Stark five times in less than a decade and Guy Ritchie's version of Sherlock Holmes twice with a third one on the way. While doing these films isn't bad, doing nothing but them is a waste of time and talent. Something admirable about the actors from Nolan's Batman films and the Potter series is that they didn't make themselves exclusive to blockbusters. They made those films, but also made indies and the various prestige studio film.

    Downy's last challenge was Tropic Thunder. Working with PTA would have actually allowed him to do something new beyhond the same old same old. He's essentially joined Depp and Will Smith in doing nothing but movies that are guaranteed to make him money.

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    RDJ sounds like he would have been perfect for this role, but I can't complain at all about it going to Joaquin.

  • Auggie9192

    PTA doing a stoner comedy is like a dream come true and with Phoenix it will be even better.

  • Travis

    If it is Cheech and Chong esque, not having read the novel, maybe RDJ wil play another role. Phoenix and RSJ together sounds beautiful