Paul Thomas Anderson is soon to shoot his untitled religious drama formerly called The Master, with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix starring and Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons and David Warshofsky supporting. The last two were just announced yesterday, and today we’ve got one more name for the film. That would be Lena Endre, likely famous to audiences in the US as the actress who played Erika Berger in the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Update: Amy Adams has now officially signed on as well, playing the wife of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character. Original article follows. Read More »
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Anyone who really thought there might be bad blood between director James Gray and his Two Lovers star Joaquin Phoenix can now truly rest easy. The actor started his I’m Still Here ‘retirement/rapper’ schtick during the promotion of Two Lovers, arguably overshadowing the film, and there was talk at the time that James Gray wasn’t thrilled with the turn of events. But he was, of course, in on it, and said they would definitely work together once more. (The two have quite a history together, also having collaborated on The Yards and We Own the Night.)
Now, in a move that should please anyone who likes to see the development of a great actor/director team, they’re poised to work together again on a film called Low Life. And there is an impressive cast developing around Joaquin Phoenix, with Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner as the current big co-stars. Read More »
Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new movie is actually happening. This we confirmed earlier this month when The Weinstein Company picked up worldwide rights to the project, formerly called The Master, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in a currently untitled movie about “a man who returns after witnessing the horrors of WWII and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. He creates a belief system, something that catches on with other lost souls.” As the man behind Boogie Nights and Magnolia gets ready to start shooting next month, a very sparse teaser image has appeared across the Atlantic at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s not much but, if you’re a PTA fan, then this image just enhances the reality that this movie is finally coming to fruition. Read More »
Paul Thomas Anderson is truly getting back to work. We’ve known that he is prepping two scripts, one based on the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice, and the other a slight reworking of PTA’s own original ‘religious drama’ that has been said to be influenced by Scientology and once went by the title The Master.
Now we know that The Master is definitely going to be his next film. (Though ‘The Master’ is almost certainly not the final title, I’m going to use that to refer to the film here.) Harvey Weinstein has purchased worldwide rights to the film, which is already financed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Productions. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix are confirmed for the two key roles, and the film will shoot starting June 13. Celebrate after the break. Read More »
Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest film, referenced as The Master, but called just Untitled Religious Drama for now, has had an arduous path through development. Philip Seymour Hoffman has been attached for some time to the role of the founder of a Scientology-like religion. Jeremy Renner was attached for some time to play his disciple, but financing fell through and the script was taking some extra work, and Jeremy Renner moved on to Mission: Impossible, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and The Avengers.
Now Joaquin Phoenix, who hasn’t taken a role since his semi-retirement and the subsequent ‘documentary’ I’m Still Here, is in talks to play the key second role. Read More »
Looks like Warner Bros. is really going to make a new live-action version of Akira, adapted from Katsuhiro Otomo‘s massive manga of the same name. And it looks like some big changes — cosmetic ones at least, and probably several deep cuts — are in store. We’d already heard that a previous draft of the script was thrown at actors like Brad Pitt and James Franco, which suggested that the Albert Hughes-directed film is going to go pretty far off-book. (The leads in both the manga and anime versions of Akira are Japanese high-schoolers.)
The identities of actors that were offered a previous draft of the script seem to be open to question, but now there is a new shortlist based on the most recent script. That was just turned in by Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves, and has reportedly been delivered to a handful of actors, with a few in mind as possible choices for the two lead roles of Kaneda and Tetsuo. Among the names are Robert Pattinson, Michael Fassbender and Joaquin Phoenix. Stop saying ‘WTF?’ and hit the jump for more info. Read More »
Fox is moving full steam ahead on the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The author scripted, and Timur Bekmambetov will direct and produce, with Tim Burton also producing. Last week Benjamin Walker, once tapped to play Beast in X-Men: First Class before electing to do Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway, was hired to be Abraham Lincoln.
That leaves a couple of big roles, notably the fictional Henry Sturges, a vampire who saves Lincoln at 16 (John Ford wouldn’t recognize this Young Mr. Lincoln) and then becomes the future president’s vampire-killing mentor. A non-vampiric Whistler, if you will. But since Kris Kristofferson is probably not interested and/or too old, the role is reportedly open to Joaquin Phoenix, if he wants it. Read More »
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Clint Eastwood is hopefully going to shoot Hoover soon, with Leonardo DiCaprio playing J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI, who held the post for forty years through a wide spectrum of political changes. (And Hoover was instrumental in swaying some of those political changes, if you believe many of the stories about him.)
There was also a rumor that Joaquin Phoenix might play Clyde Tolson, associate director of the FBI and reputedly Mr. Hoover’s lover. But that’s not going to happen, says Clint Eastwood. Read More »