The wheels are once again in motion on Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the novel Inherent Vice, which will almost definitely be his next film. Anderson has been developing the movie for a few years now and at one point it looked like it might beat The Master to the screen when the financing for that film fell apart. However, as we all know, The Master did end up getting made and it featured a fantastic lead performance by Joaquin Phoenix. Now this week we have learned P.T. Anderson is looking to reteam with Phoenix on Inherent Vice as Robert Downey Jr. has reportedly dropped out.
According to THR, Joaquin Phoenix is currently in talks to star in P.T. Anderson’s Inherent Vice. Anderson wrote the script himself based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, and it would find Phoenix playing a pot-smoking private detective named Doc Sportello. The movie is being financed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures as she continues to help respected filmmakers get challenging films made.
The book takes place in the late ’60s and is described as “part noir, part psychedelic romp.” It sounds like perfect material for P.T. Anderson and I’m sure Joaquin Phoenix will do just as well, if not better, than Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role. It’s also exciting to see Phoenix forging a strong working relationship with such a great director. Are you looking forward to Inherent Vice? Does this casting change make you more or less excited?