Hold on to your butts, this is probably the biggest news day of the year. According to Deadline, the stars have aligned and the project informally known as 'The Master' will indeed begin filming this year, June 13 specifically. Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix are locked for the roles of The Master and Freddie Sutton. With just over a month until filming begins, expect lots of casting news to start trickling in. Reportedly Paul is interested in Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Lena Endre, and Madisen Beaty for (presumably) the roles of The Master's wife and daughter (previously rumored for the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone and Deborah Ann Woll) though none are confirmed at this time.
Apparently Paul has greatly overhauled the script since last year when production was halted. The synopsis now reads "Hoffman stars as a man who returns after witnessing the horrors of WWII and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. He creates a belief system, something that catches on with other lost souls" So even those that read the early draft that circulated last year can expect more than a few surprises from the final version. Oh, and if that wasn't enough good news, (savior of film) Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures will finance the $35 million production with The Weinstein Co. handling the worldwide rights. We should find out in the next few weeks whether or not the film will indeed be shooting in 65mm or who might replace DP Robert Elswit should our tipster's report turn out to be accurate.
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