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Reese Witherspoon offered a part in Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology film

06.01.2010

Paul Thomas Anderson will not give up on his Scientology film.

Over the weekend, news came that Reese Witherspoon was offered a role to star in Anderson's untitled film. Witherspoon would join Jeremy Renner and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a tale that seems to echo the life of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

The film centers on the intelligent yet charismatic character who is appropriately titled as The Master (Hoffman). He takes in a lowly drifter (Renner) with an alcohol problem, that he grooms as his right hand man.

It's said that if Witherspoon accepts the role, she will be playing the young and pregnant Mary Sue, which was the name of Hubbard's wife. Originally, the women in the screenplay did not have very meaty roles, but the draft may have had a few changes if Witherspoon will be getting on board.

Then again, this is just an offer. Witherspoon has yet to accept and is just weighing the option. Back in March, Universal passed on housing the film, but Anderson was in luck. Bill Pohlad's River Road, which has helped TREE OF LIFE, also decided to financially back the Scientology film. Anderson's project is now set up over at Paramount Vintage.

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Extra Tidbit: Witherspoon refused roles in SCREAM and URBAN LEGENDS.

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6:41PM on 06/01/2010
Any news relating to a new PT Anderson project is good news to me. And the addition of Reese's considerable talents to the already talented cast of PSH and Jeremy Renner... very good news indeed! :)
Any news relating to a new PT Anderson project is good news to me. And the addition of Reese's considerable talents to the already talented cast of PSH and Jeremy Renner... very good news indeed! :)
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6:43PM on 06/01/2010
Please, please get this movie made. Paul Thomas Anderson does not know how to make a bad movie and I think this movie would be amazing if made. Great story, director, and cast, what else do you need?
Please, please get this movie made. Paul Thomas Anderson does not know how to make a bad movie and I think this movie would be amazing if made. Great story, director, and cast, what else do you need?
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8:43PM on 06/01/2010
It should be noted that Jeremy Renner has passed on the film and that role is still open. Witherspoon would be silly not to join! PTA could get an amazing performance out of anyone. can't wait to hear more about this.
It should be noted that Jeremy Renner has passed on the film and that role is still open. Witherspoon would be silly not to join! PTA could get an amazing performance out of anyone. can't wait to hear more about this.
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9:39PM on 06/01/2010

THIS FILM SOUNDS LIKE IT SHOULD BE MADE!

It better be fast-paced and good but not like the tedious and boring (and over-rated) "There Will Be Blood"

I bet this will cause controversy in the realm of Scientology as well.
It better be fast-paced and good but not like the tedious and boring (and over-rated) "There Will Be Blood"

I bet this will cause controversy in the realm of Scientology as well.
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9:42PM on 06/01/2010

THIS FILM SOUNDS LIKE IT SHOULD BE MADE!

It better be fast-paced and good but not like the tedious and boring (and over-rated) "There Will Be Blood"

I bet this will cause controversy in the realm of Scientology as well.
It better be fast-paced and good but not like the tedious and boring (and over-rated) "There Will Be Blood"

I bet this will cause controversy in the realm of Scientology as well.
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2:54AM on 06/02/2010
It's not overrated, you just don't bloody well like it.
It's not overrated, you just don't bloody well like it.
12:01AM on 06/02/2010
Scientology movie? i have 2 words for you to remember : Battlefield Earth
Scientology movie? i have 2 words for you to remember : Battlefield Earth
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6:57AM on 06/02/2010
LOL...yeah...um...a movie about a cult that looks like that OTHER cult.

It better be good, because it has to top the best Scientology film made to date -- the South Park episode with Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
LOL...yeah...um...a movie about a cult that looks like that OTHER cult.

It better be good, because it has to top the best Scientology film made to date -- the South Park episode with Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
2:55AM on 06/02/2010
This isn't a Scientology movie, it's a critical movie about a cult that closely resembles Scientology.
This isn't a Scientology movie, it's a critical movie about a cult that closely resembles Scientology.
12:20AM on 06/02/2010
Well I have some words for you.. Battelfield earth wasn't directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Well I have some words for you.. Battelfield earth wasn't directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
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10:54AM on 06/02/2010
YES! PTA has balls doing this film.. i'm all for it.. oh, and i like reese :)
YES! PTA has balls doing this film.. i'm all for it.. oh, and i like reese :)
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