Rami Malek Joins Paul Thomas Anderson’s Untitled Religious Drama

     June 3, 2011

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The cast for Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled religious drama continues to fill out, as Rami Malek (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) has just signed on for the film. He joins Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons, David Warshofsky, and Lena Endre in the flick. Showblitz reports that Malek will play the son-in-law of the main character, played by Hoffman, with Adams playing Hoffman’s wife.

The story is set in the 1950s and centers on a WWII veteran who starts a new religion after being haunted by the horrors of battle. Phoenix plays an alcoholic drifter who becomes Hoffman’s right hand man. Malek was last seen in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, and plays the part of Benjamin in the final two Twilight films. The cast so far is impressive, and the thought of having a new Paul Thomas Anderson film in theaters by next year is almost too good to be true.

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