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Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone and Martin Short join P.T. Anderson's Inherent Vice

05.16.2013

Inherent Vice

Films from director Paul Thomas Anderson are known for having fantastic casts but the crew he has lined up for his latest film is just ridiculous.

Deadline has learned that Reese Witherspoon has signed on to INHERENT VICE, although it is unknown at this time who she will be playing in the film. The movie is an adaptation of the Thomas Pychon novel of the same name and is about a pot-smoking private investigator in 1970's L.A. tracking down a kidnapped woman he used to date. The Wrap meanwhile has news that Martin Short and Jena Malone have also signed on for roles in INHERENT VICE. Short will apparently have a small part in the film while Jena Malone will be playing a drug addict that requires help from the private investigator. They join previously cast Joaquin Phoenix (who will be playing the lead), Benicio Del Toro and Owen Wilson.

Book description:

Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon- private eye Doc Sportello surfaces, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era.

In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre that is at once exciting and accessible, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren’t there.

It’s been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except that this one usually leads to trouble. Undeniably one of the most influential writers at work today, Pynchon has penned another unforgettable book.

Everything about this film sounds awesome. I can't wait to see a P.T. Anderson movie that seems like it will have more humor than what we are used to from the director (although there are funny parts in all his films I wouldn't call any of them comedies) and with a cast like this INHERENT VICE could end up being really special.

Production on INHERENT VICE should begin soon and the film will probably be out sometime in 2014.

Extra Tidbit: What's your favorite scene from a P.T. Anderson film?
Source: DeadlineThe Wrap

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2:44PM on 05/16/2013
never read the book, so hard to say great casting choices, and I'm always sad when RDJ is not involved in a project, but this should be good, and hoping that it's a little bit of a breather from more PTAs latest work, as even for Pynchon, the book has been described as fairly mainstream.
never read the book, so hard to say great casting choices, and I'm always sad when RDJ is not involved in a project, but this should be good, and hoping that it's a little bit of a breather from more PTAs latest work, as even for Pynchon, the book has been described as fairly mainstream.
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12:39PM on 05/16/2013
Glad to see Martin Short found his way back out of that black hole.

PTA has yet to make a dud (and I doubt he ever really will), this will be another delight.

Glad to see Martin Short found his way back out of that black hole.

PTA has yet to make a dud (and I doubt he ever really will), this will be another delight.

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11:30AM on 05/16/2013
All 3 have chops. The ladies haven't picked the best projects & Short rocks. In Anderson I trust.

I find Malone damn sexy...
All 3 have chops. The ladies haven't picked the best projects & Short rocks. In Anderson I trust.

I find Malone damn sexy...
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10:40AM on 05/16/2013
Jena Malone always looks like she's having sex.
Jena Malone always looks like she's having sex.
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9:38AM on 05/16/2013
"Ricky Springfield. he's a buddy of mine!"
"Ricky Springfield. he's a buddy of mine!"
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9:29AM on 05/16/2013

Groovy indeed!

Being a huge PTA fan and an even bigger Thomas Pynchon fan this cast sounds amazing and I can see this playing out great. I thought Punch Drunk Live while being a romantic comedy was mostly a comedy I love that movie!
Being a huge PTA fan and an even bigger Thomas Pynchon fan this cast sounds amazing and I can see this playing out great. I thought Punch Drunk Live while being a romantic comedy was mostly a comedy I love that movie!
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9:30AM on 05/16/2013
Love*
Love*
9:01AM on 05/16/2013

Favorite scenes?

One of my favorites is Philip Seymour Hoffman's breakdown in Boogie Nights after his advances towards Dirk are rejected, another from that film is William H. Macy's suicide.

Eli Sunday letting Daniel Plainview know that he's aware of the oil and its worth in There Will Be Blood, and the silent rage on Daniel's face is also great.

And most recently, whenever Freddie Quell has the previous night's antics relayed back to him, the confusion and disbelief on his face, and the accompanying
One of my favorites is Philip Seymour Hoffman's breakdown in Boogie Nights after his advances towards Dirk are rejected, another from that film is William H. Macy's suicide.

Eli Sunday letting Daniel Plainview know that he's aware of the oil and its worth in There Will Be Blood, and the silent rage on Daniel's face is also great.

And most recently, whenever Freddie Quell has the previous night's antics relayed back to him, the confusion and disbelief on his face, and the accompanying smile and laugh as he accepts that it probably happened.
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8:34AM on 05/16/2013
I thought Downey Jr was going to be the lead in this? Would have much rather seen him in the role than Phoenix.
I thought Downey Jr was going to be the lead in this? Would have much rather seen him in the role than Phoenix.
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9:39AM on 05/16/2013
I agree with you. Not that RDJ is the best suited to the role. I'm just really anxious to start seeing RDJ in roles outside of Sherlock and Iron Man.
That being said, if he's out, the film has the same potential with Joaquin Phoenix in the lead.
I agree with you. Not that RDJ is the best suited to the role. I'm just really anxious to start seeing RDJ in roles outside of Sherlock and Iron Man.
That being said, if he's out, the film has the same potential with Joaquin Phoenix in the lead.
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