Thursday, January 24, 2013

Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Replace Robert Downey Jr. In 'Inherent Vice'

Holy shit. It's really happening. Downey Jr. out. Joaquin on his way in. This definitely takes things in a different direction and though it's a shame we may not get to see a PTA/RDJ collaboration just yet, we could not be more excited to see Joaquin have another go. (via Hollywood Reporter)
Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to reteam with Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice, the adaptation of the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel.
Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is financing the movie, which will be produced by Anderson, Ellison, John Lesher and JoAnne Seller.
Anderson wrote the screenplay based on the novel, which is set in 1969-1970 Los Angeles and centers on a pot-smoking detective on a kidnapping case. The book featured a slew of characters with quirky, original names, from Shasta Fay Hepworth and Riggs Warbling to Japonica Fenway and Adrian Prussia.   
Anderson has been working on Vice for a few years. The project once had Robert Downey Jr. interested but ultimately he passed.
Phoenix starred in Anderson’s period drama The Master, based loosely on the origins of Scientology. The performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for best actor.
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  1. Will it work? There's no doubt that Pheonix is talented and one of the best actor's of his generation but will this lead the movie on a totally different path? Im intrigued.

  2. Deadline (trustful outlet) only says Phoenix is in talks and mentions nothing about RDJr dropping. My guess is other sites got it wrong.

    1. Not sure how trustful Deadline is. They're usually bitter about stories they don't post first.

    2. I hope this is true, though Joaquin would do a great job in any fucking role LOL I CANT WAIT !!!!

  3. Clearly Paul had a "DP", a "Doc Problem." I bet RDJ wanted too much $ upfront, or more than Paul's friends at Annapurna Pictures wanted to spend. Joaquin made better "cents" for budgetary reasons and he'll do a grand job. Hopefully with this piece Paul gets back to his bread-and-butter Boogie Nights style of film making. Something more kinetic and with more oomph. But regardless of how it's filmed or the cast assembled, Paul and everyone involved will create another remarkable film that we can all enjoy for many viewings over many years.

  4. Man I did not see this coming. As a huge fan of the novel I never even pictured Joaquin as Doc, but hey, he did just deliver the performance of the year so it's safe to say I'm excited.

  5. I haven't read the novel but to be honest after seeing Joaquin P playing an alcho in The Master I began to wonder and image him playing a Pot Smoking P.I. Now it might come true after all.

  6. This is great but is Charlize still in? PTA + Charlize = cinematic gold.

  7. what if Pynchon saw The Master and went crazy for Joaquin? haha that would be great.

  8. How could every actor in Hollywood not be jostling for this role? If you truly want to be pushing the bounds of your craft, you want a role in a PTA movie. Anyone who would shy away from this because of money is fool.

  9. Agree with the above post. Doc Sportello would be THE coolest role to play...He's like a sexier version of Hunter Thompson in Fear and Loathing...Sad RDJ isn't doing it...

  10. Joaquin and Charlize Theron played a very intense couple in The Yards. Would love to see them reunite here.

  11. Another person I can see in this role is Edward Norton. I remember his performance in Leaves of Grass and I thought it was hysterical. Plus, for a long time he was said to have been working on an adaptation of the detective novel Motherless Brooklyn.

  12. I'm not going to get my hopes up but I hope this is true. I like RDJ a lot but I don't think he's right for the role. Especially if he would be playing to his usual RDJ roles because I've never really seen him do anything different. I think Phoenix is a way more diverse actor and if he ends up playing Doc we should be in for another awesome performance.

  13. Maybe Joaquin is being brought in for another role... its hard to say but, as I won't read the book, I have heard that there are some other interesting characters and if it becomes somewhat of an ensemble, then bringing Joaquin into this as a fixture of the PTA supporting cast in the future, I am all for it.
    Something about Downey Jr has intrigued me from the start and he being another "self taught" or "natural" actor is very interesting for he will bring yet another layer of style to his works so I hope that Downey is not dropped...


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