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Joaquin Phoenix in talks for Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled religious drama

Apr. 12, 2011by: Niki Stephens

Hey Joaquin Phoenix, it would be nice to have you back in the world of acting. We could use someone like you. Wait, looks like Paul Thomas Anderson needs someone for that "Scientology" project, you wanna do that? Sure you do.

Sorry about my imaginary one way conversation with Joaquin Phoenix. It does have some facts in it though. Phoenix might come out of his retirement to do the untitled religious film directed and written by Paul Thomas Anderson. The original script, "chronicles a disaffected disciple's relationship with the founder of a new faith that closely mirrors Scientology."

Phoenix would join Phillip Seymour Hoffman who will play Lancaster Dodd, a charismatic intellectual known as The Master. The role Phoenix would land is the one of Freddie Sutton, an alcoholic drifter who becomes Dodd's right-hand man that later begins question his manipulative mentor.

Annapurna Pictures is looking to finance the period project. Universal were considering funding then decided against it due to the mid-range budget.

Anderson is also working the adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel, "Inherent Vice" which will star Robert Downey Jr.

Extra Tidbit: I'm just excited that the project is seeing some movement.
Source: Variety

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10:05AM on 04/13/2011
So much winning in this article.
So much winning in this article.
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9:01AM on 04/13/2011
Yes, please.
Yes, please.
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8:50AM on 04/13/2011
I'm hip to anything P.T. Don't care who he casts. It'll rock.
I'm hip to anything P.T. Don't care who he casts. It'll rock.
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2:42AM on 04/13/2011
Very much looking forward to this project. Not so much looking forward to Pheonix but if he's involved then so be it.
Very much looking forward to this project. Not so much looking forward to Pheonix but if he's involved then so be it.
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1:12AM on 04/13/2011

good bye and good luck

I've retired from being a film audience. I'm devoting the next stage of my viewing career to Korean girl-pop "I got you babe, I call, I call it Chocolate Love."
I've retired from being a film audience. I'm devoting the next stage of my viewing career to Korean girl-pop "I got you babe, I call, I call it Chocolate Love."
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11:23PM on 04/12/2011
Please make this happen.
Please make this happen.
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10:01PM on 04/12/2011
I want this movie more than almost anything. Phoenix and Hoffman would be a fantastic pairing.
I want this movie more than almost anything. Phoenix and Hoffman would be a fantastic pairing.
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9:59PM on 04/12/2011
Best news all day. Hope he officially signs on asap and get the ball rolling with this film. It's gonna be epic!
Best news all day. Hope he officially signs on asap and get the ball rolling with this film. It's gonna be epic!
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9:19PM on 04/12/2011
Thank god. Its been to long for both Joaquin and PT. Cant wait!
Thank god. Its been to long for both Joaquin and PT. Cant wait!
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9:15PM on 04/12/2011

bring it on baby

that sounds like a damn good thriller if I ever heard one, YES PLEASE!
that sounds like a damn good thriller if I ever heard one, YES PLEASE!
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9:08PM on 04/12/2011

!

Not too shabs.

PT needs to get something going. It's been way too long...
Not too shabs.

PT needs to get something going. It's been way too long...
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9:08PM on 04/12/2011

YES.

"Hip to this news" doesn't quite describe it.
"Hip to this news" doesn't quite describe it.
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9:08PM on 04/12/2011
Glad to hear that this movie is closer to getting made. This is a movie I really hope gets made and is a movie that sounds great.

I'd rather see Renner in the drifter role, but Phoenix should make this his with ease. Would be a great way to get back into acting.
Glad to hear that this movie is closer to getting made. This is a movie I really hope gets made and is a movie that sounds great.

I'd rather see Renner in the drifter role, but Phoenix should make this his with ease. Would be a great way to get back into acting.
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8:50PM on 04/12/2011
Awesome.
Awesome.
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8:32PM on 04/12/2011

Nothing makes me happier...

than seeing PTA in a headline!

I'm anticipating the story where filming actually begins.
than seeing PTA in a headline!

I'm anticipating the story where filming actually begins.
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10:03PM on 04/12/2011
You and me both, bro.
You and me both, bro.
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