The first clip Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master has gone online. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a veteran who’s haunted by his experiences during World War II, and decides to form his own religion as a result. Joaquin Phoenix plays a drifter who becomes the right-hand man to Hoffman’s character. As you’ll see from the clip, the movie apparently has a very heavy There Will Be Blood vibe both in terms of how its cut and from Jonny Greenwood‘s score. The Master is also Joaquin Phoenix’s first movie since “retiring” from acting, and he looks absolutely amazing. His performance in this clip is both creepy and dangerous, and I can’t wait to see him return to form in what could be one of his best roles to date.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The film, which also stars Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons, and David Warshovsky, is having a sneak peek for press later today at the Cannes Film Festival. The Master will probably make the fall festival rounds before hitting theaters on October 12th.
Clip via the official website.