Joaquin Phoenix to join Paul Thomas Anderson’s religious drama, THE MASTER

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 12th, 2011

Ever since the film that saw actor Joaquin Phoenix mark his “retirement,” I’M STILL HERE, was released and ultimately discovered to be much less of a documentary as previously hinted at, the actor has yet to find his footing on his way back to the big screen.

However, he may have just finally found it. Variety is reporting that the actor is in “early talks” to join the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film, lovingly known as THE MASTER.

The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a man named Lancaster Dodd, the founder of a faith that strikingly resembles Scientology. Phoenix would star as Freddie Sutton, a drifter who ultimately becomes the second in command who begins to question his leader.

Last we heard of the project, it had found funding through Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, so it appears as though things are still very much moving forward for this hotly anticipated project.

Personally, as a huge fan of both Phoenix and Anderson, this could not be better news. The two are two of the most gifted at what they do, so this could breed one hell of a great marriage. No start date has yet to be announced, but hopefully we see this thing move forward quick.

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