Way back last year, we reported some casting news as well as gave a brief synopsis of the upcoming highly-anticipated Paul Thomas Anderson project. Following his dark character study of rich-man greed in There Will Be Blood, Anderson’s next film, which is technically untitled but had been unofficially given the name The Master, and that script followed “charismatic intellectual who hatches a faith-based organization that begins to catch on in America in 1952,” but there have now reportedly been some changes to tone down the story’s parallels to Scientology. The story now concerns “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.” We’ll see how much the final product calls out Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, but for now, we’ll make due with this bland promo poster shown at Cannes which, though it provides nothing more than a silhouette of a man, at least confirms that the movie is being developed.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and more details on the film.
Poster via Cigarettes and Red Vines.
At one point, it looked like Jeremy Renner was cast opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman (who will play the lead), but now Joaquin Phoenix will play the role, which in the original script was a drifter who becomes the right-hand man of Hoffman’s character only to start doubting his mentor’s methods. While I was offput by Phoenix’s mockumentary antics for I’m Still Here, I’ll still offer my support because of his previous great performances. I also think Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of the greatest actors in Hollywood and he might just be able to bring out the best in ol’ Phoenix.