Hoffman and Phoenix Confirmed for P.T. Anderson's Religious Drama
That's right folks. Not only have Joaquin Phoenix (revealed to be joining the project last month) and Philip Seymour Hoffman been confirmed to star in the religious drama from Paul Thomas Anderson formerly known as The Master, but Deadline says the film has distribution and will shoot this June. After being delayed indefinitely last year, good news came in February that funding may finally have been rounded up. This will be Anderson's first film since There Will Be Blood in 2007 and The Weinstein Company will be distributing after winning a "quiet but fevered bidding battle" for worldwide rights.
Apparently more casting is underway with Madisen Beaty (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) being eyed for a role. Amy Adams, Laura Dern and Lena Endre (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) have also apparently caught Anderson's eye, but no deals have been made yet. For those just joining the story, Hoffman is playing Lancaster Dodd, a charismatic leader who creates a new religion in the 1950's. Meanwhile, Phoenix willplay his main disciple, an alcoholic drifter named Freddie Sutton who becomes Dodd's closest follower only to later break away from him. As a huge fan of all of Anderson's films from Hard Eight to There Will Be Blood and all those in between, I can't wait to see this movie already. How about you?