Owen Wilson Joins Joaquin Phoenix in P.T. Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

May 9, 2013
Source: The Wrap

Owen Wilson

The cast for Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's book Inherent Vice, which marks the first comedy of sorts for the director of The Master and There Will be Blood, is starting to fill out around star Joaquin Phoenix. Earlier this week, Benicio del Toro entered negotiations to take a small role, and now The Wrap has learned that Owen Wilson is in talks to take a role in the film which is set in LA in 1969 and follows a stoner detective named Larry "Doc" Sportello (Phoenix) trying to solve the case of a kidnapped girl he used to date. However, at this time, it's not clear what role Wilson would be playing in the film. Read on!

Here's a slightly more detailed description of 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.

It definitely sounds like new territory for Anderson, and that's just fine by me. Charlize Theron has been rumored for the female lead, but she's yet to be confirmed yet. As for del Toro, the actor would play Sportello's lawyer, and it's not a very sizable role. We just learned that the film will start shooting by the end of the month with cinematographer Robert Elswit, who won an Oscar for There Will Be Blood and worked on all of PTA's past films (besides The Master), will be shooting the adaptation. There's likely more casting coming down the pipeline so stay tuned.

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Great news. Good to see Wilson involved in some quality films like Midnight in Paris and now this. Hopefully PTA will finally bag an Oscar.

I am Jacks DVD on May 10, 2013


If he didn't get one for The Master or There Will be Blood, then I doubt a comedy is going to get him one.

Matt Peloquin on May 10, 2013


No,no,no,no,no,no,NO! Not Owen Wilson! Please somebody who has access to him, grab Anderson by the shoulders and shake him as hard as you can and tell him WILSON CAN'T ACT! Man oh man, the Master was a letdown, but I don't think I could even bring myself to rent this.

Chuckee Knowlton on May 10, 2013


2/3 of the characters in the book are stoned out, ambitionless, truly worthless people essentially living hand-to-mouth with the sole purpose of finding their next score. If we must live to see him land a role in a PTA movie, this is the perfect place to do it. Also, if it lessens your pain any, there are a whole lot of characters with little more than token roles, so there's a good chance you won't have to see too much of him.

Wafffles on May 10, 2013

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