Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix are aiming for a two picture hot streak with their detective noir/comedy film, Inherent Vice. Early reviews are coming in, and not only are they praising the film as a weirdly funny experience – but you'll never guess who's being pegged as the current MVP of the cast!
We have already seen an impressive number of truly amazing films come out so far in 2014, from Wes Anderson's magnificent and hilarious The Grand Budapest Hotel to Joe and Anthony Russo's fantastic and action-packed Captain America: The Winter Solider. But there are still many months left to go this year, and it looks like what could be two of the best films of the year will be premiering at the New York Film Festival.
This much-anticipated film isn't scheduled to hit theaters until December, but one insider has tipped what fans should expect from P.T. Anderson's latest.
The film, based on a novel from Thomas Pynchon, follows pot-smoking L.A. private detective Doc Sportello (Phoenix), who is investigating the kidnapping of one of his ex-girlfriends. As you might expect, the actual cops aren’t too keen on Sportello butting into their business, but that doesn’t stop him from winding his way through a world of weirdoes in order to get the case solved.
In the film, she’ll play Shasta, a “free-spirited hippie chick” who conforms to the ways of her new lover, a real estate mogul named Mickey Wolfmann. Her ex-boyfriend, Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), is a private detective meant to protect Wolfman from a kidnapping plot, but Shasta soon goes missing instead.
Adapted by Anderson, Inherent Vice is set in the late '60s/early 70s and centers on a pothead private investigator named Larry "Doc" Sportello (Phoenix). The plot kicks off when the protagonist gets a call from an ex-girlfriend who wants his help in a boiling situation involving her, a real-estate mogul, and the real-estate mogul's wife.
Set in 1970, Inherent Vice will follow Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), a pot-smoking detective who investigates a case involving a kidnapped woman and finds himself involved in something much larger.
Set in Los Angeles from the winter of 1969 through the summer of 1970, Inherent Vice centers on a pot-smoking private detective named Larry "Doc" Sportello as he investigates a kidnapping case that involves his ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth. Phoenix is set to play Sportello, making Inherent Vice his second collaboration with Anderson following the critically heralded drama The Master.
Joaquin Phoenix is no longer alone on the cast list for Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice. The Master star has been attached to the project since January, when he took over the lead role for Robert Downey Jr....
Anderson, as usual, didn't seem to pay a bit of attention to the hubbub and went on quietly preparing his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice. Though at one point Robert Downey Jr. was set to star, he was replaced in January by Joaquin Phoenix-- and that was really the last we heard about it. Now, thankfully, well-connected Anderson fan site Cigarettes and Red Vines has provided some updates, and pretty much all of them are good news.
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From the moment Paul Thomas Anderson revealed his plans to adapt Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice for the screen, we knew he had Robert Downey Jr. in mind to star as Larry "Doc" Sportello, the pothead private detective
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