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Paul Thomas Anderson is certainly taking his sweet time in getting around to adapting Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice for Warner Bros., but at least he’s keeping anticipation extremely high, rounding up one of the most promising casts of the year. And he’s not even done yet.
Trading marquee names for up-and-coming performers, Anderson has signed Katherine Waterson for one of the leading female roles, reports Deadline. This will definitely be a break-out role for Waterson – daughter of actor Sam Waterson - who has appeared in a number of popular films like Michael Clayton and Taking Woodstock, but only in small parts. She was one of the leads in last year’s thriller Enter Nowhere, and she’ll appear in a line of films coming out in the next year. After Inherent Vice, we can probably expect to see a lot more of her.
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. I won’t turn away if there is a scene where Phoenix stretches his arms out at his sides and screams “Shasta!” at the top of his lungs.
Waterson can be seen in Ned Benson’s drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her with James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain and in the drama Night Moves starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning.
Inherent Vice also stars Benecio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone and Martin Short, and while we assumed Inherent Vice was to begin production this month, the Deadline story just saying it “shoots this summer.”