Robert Downey Jr. is a man who appreciates the finer and more literate things in life. And apparently he finally finished reading Inherent Vice, the novel by Thomas Pynchon about:
"Larry 'Doc' Sportello, a private eye based in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. He's a believer in the psychedelic free-love era, and his case involves an ex-girlfriend, her real estate billionaire boyfriend and a kidnapping."

Hmm...Robert Downey Jr as a hippie detective sounds pretty promising. He's no stranger to playing oddball detectives either, after his work in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Singing Detective. The movie is set to be directed be Paul Thomas Anderson, and it's one of the two projects being funded by his super-cool (and super-rich) benefactor, the other one being his Scientology dart-throw The Master. We'll see if RDJ is unconcerned enough about his thetan levels to work with Anderson. (via Deadline)