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Joaquin Phoenix is Reteaming with P.T. Anderson for 'Inherent Vice'

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January 24, 2013
Source: Variety

Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix

After making a stunning, Oscar nominated, big screen return in The Master, actor Joaquin Phoenix will be working with director Paul Thomas Anderson again with something different for the both of them. Last fall we learned that Anderson would make the adaptation of of Thomas Pynchon's book Inherent Vice, and when rumors swirled of Charlize Theron's involvement, Robert Downey Jr. was still expected to have the lead role since he became attached to the project a couple years ago. Now Variety has word that Phoenix is taking the lead role as a stoner detective named Larry "Doc" Sportello trying to solve a case in LA in 1969.

Here's the official synopsis for the book:

It's been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," except that this one usually leads to trouble.

This will be the first time Anderson has taken on comedy (though I don't know if he'll be doing a straight-up laugh riot) and Phoenix hasn't done anything funny since the dark comedy To Die For in 1995. However, his mockumentary I'm Still Here was a bit of a strange comedy. Either way, having Anderson and Phoenix team up again sounds fantastic. It's not clear when the film will start shooting, and we know how long it can take for a P.T. Anderson project to come together, but hopefully we'll hear some more official updates soon and won't be waiting to long for this adaptation. Sound good?

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