Since Megan Ellison gav Paul Thomas Anderson’s Scientology film a new lease on life, there hasn’t been much movement, until now. Variety reports that Joaquin Phoenix is currently in talks to play the alcoholic apprentice, then consigliere, then doubter of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the leader of a cult-like thing that pretty much exactly represents Scientology.
Since the project is hush-hush at the moment, it’ unknown whether or not this is a lead role, but I’m comfortable assuming it is until I hear otherwise.
I hope these talks pan out, as Phoenix is a gifted actor who has eaten a lot of shit (rightfully so) for the cinematic abortion that was I’m Still Here. This seems to be the perfect vehicle for a turnaround, as P.T. Anderson films have a way of enveloping actors to the exclusion of their off-screen personas (think Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights). Lord knows the past two years have shown us that Phoenix can play drunk.