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Briefly: More casting news is in for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adatpation of Thomas Pynchon‘s novel Inherent Vice. This time, we’ve even got a confirmed role to go along with the actor; most of the actors cast so far have been in roles that are speculative, at best.

Anderson has picked Katherine Waterston (daughter of Sam Waterston) to play Shasta Fay Hepworth, once the girlfriend of lead character “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) and now the mistress of real estate mogul Mickey Wolfmann. Shasta leads Sportello into a plot that involves shady deals, kidnapping, violence, and no small amount of general uncertainty. (This likely also means that Reese Witherspoon will be playing Mickey Wolfmann’s wife, of whom Shasta is quite suspicious.)

Waterston has had quite a few small and supporting roles, but this is her biggest job to date. And since Anderson has a gift for casting, this will very likely be a role that turns her into a much more in-demand talent. Question is: has PTA beefed up the role for the film? In the novel, Shasta plays a big part, but frequently takes a back seat to other characters. Inherent Vice will shoot this summer for a likely 2014 release through Warner Bros. The cast also includes Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Martin Short, Josh Brolin, and (reportedly) Sean Penn. [Deadline]

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Briefly: You’ve seen a lot of casting reports for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice. The writer/director is assembling an impressive cast to live in the story of a burnout private detective who is drawn into an increasingly weird web of disappearances and underhanded business deals. Josh Brolin is the latest addition to the cast led by Joaquin Phoenix, and which also includes Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon and (reportedly) Sean Penn.

Brolin will play a “significant role,” but as with most of the casting so far we don’t have specifics. The film is set to shoot this summer, so once cameras roll we might learn more. By the way, it’s worth reiterating that this is the first major adaptation of a Pynchon novel — and the author’s first novel was published in 1963. As difficult as his books can be, that Pynchon’s work has taken fifty years to hit the big screen (a few films that take him as an influence aside) is pretty remarkable. [Deadline]

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Ask any actor to name the filmmakers they’re desperate to work with and a name that comes up more often than not is Paul Thomas Anderson. The proof is in the increasingly impressive and eclectic list of actors joining his upcoming crime film, Inherent Vice. So far there’s Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Kevin O’Connor and Martin Short. Now another major name has been added: multiple Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn is in talks to join the film. Read More »

Reese Witherspoon

Paul Thomas Anderson has a habit of getting his stars Oscar nominations, so it’s no wonder he’s got some big names interested in his next project Inherent Vice. Reese Witherspoon has just boarded the Thomas Pynchon adaptation, joining Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, and Benicio Del Toro. Jena Malone and Martin Short round out the cast. Get the details after the jump.

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Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson may be known as a lovable goofball, but he’s a goofball loved by the best directors in the world. He got his start working with friend Wes Anderson, plowed his way through blockbuster comedies, was cast by John Lasseter as the lead in Cars and most recently teamed up with Woody Allen. Next up for Wilson is a job working with other super-talented “Anderson” director, Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s in talks for one of the leads in Inherent Vice, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Benicio Del Toro.

Below, we’ve updated with the information of which role he’s playing. Read More »

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson will likely add an Oscar winner to the cast of his next film, Inherent Vice. Benicio Del Toro is in talks to join the project which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello, a stoner private detective on the case of a missing girlfriend. Kevin J. O’Connor (There Will Be Blood, The Master) will also reportedly appear in the film.

Del Toro would play the small, but crucial role of Sportello’s lawyer friend; O’Connor’s role is yet to be determined. Read More »

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Just months after releasing his last film, The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson is set to get behind the camera once again. His next film Inherent Vice, based on the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same title, will reportedly start filming this month having recently received financing from Warner Bros. Joaquin Phoenix will star in a role once earmarked for Robert Downey Jr., as a pot-smoking detective in 1960s Los Angeles who finds himself wrapped up in a labyrinthine crime plot. Anderson’s regular DP, Robert Elswit is also back on board, after taking a hiatus for The Master. Read more below. Read More »

A Thomas Pynchon novel is really, truly headed to the big screen from a reputable director. And that director is Paul Thomas Anderson — what a wonderful world this is!

Anderson took quite a long time to finance, make and release The Master, which hit theaters five years after his previous film, There Will Be Blood. But if there’s any justice, his follow-up to The Master could hit in 2014. Reports now say that he plans to shoot Inherent Vice, based on Pynchon’s novel, this spring. We knew he wanted to shoot the film this year, but we’ll be excited every time the start date gets closer to finalization. That’s quite a shortened turnaround time for the director.  Read More »

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