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We are now only a week and a half away from the New York Film Festival premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson's highly-buzzed-about new film Inherent Vice... and yet the film remains a mystery. To this point the only footage we've seen came in a half-second flash in the NYFF's trailer, and the look of most of the actors in the film - with the exception of Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin - have yet to be revealed. The good news is that today we can add one more name to that list: Reese Witherspoon.
In a preview piece about the New York Film Festival, The Los Angeles Times has posted the latest still from Inherent Vice... and the truth is that I can't stop looking at Reese Witherspoon's head. Even sitting next to a shaggy-haired, mutton chop-wearing Joaquin Phoenix she looks highly strange, though I guess that's just what the early 1970s were like. Of course, I imagine that 40 years from now people will be laughing at the hairstyles of us '10ers as well.
In Inherent Vice, which is based on the novel by notoriously reclusive author Thomas Pynchon, Witherspoon will be playing Deputy DA Penny Kimball - who, despite looking like a mid-west born, straight-laced chick, is actually dating Phoenix's pot-smoking private detective character, Larry "Doc" Sportello. As you could probably guess, she is a good asset in Sportello's line of work, as she can give him access to material that he otherwise wouldn't have access to.
For those unfamiliar with the movie's plot, the story kickstarts when Doc's ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston), comes to him looking for help. She believes that the wife of the man she is dating, real estate mogul Micky Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), is hatching a plan with her own lover to try and get Mickey locked up in a mental institution. As Doc's investigation continues, however, he winds up getting sucked into a much larger case involving murder, a missing musician, and a mysterious boat. In addition to the actors mentioned above, the incredible supporting cast also includes Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Michael K. Williams, Maya Rudolph, Jena Malone and Martin Short.
Inherent Vice will be making its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 4th, giving an exclusive audience an early look at the film - but sadly most of us are going to have to wait a long time to see the movie for ourselves. Paul Thomas Anderson's latest feature will be getting a limited release starting on December 12th (which will qualify it for the Academy Awards), and then it will be expanding nationwide on January 9, 2015. It's easily one of our most anticipated titles coming out in the rest of 2014, so stay tuned for more!