Cannes: Reese Witherspoon Joining Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’
All actors want to work with Paul Thomas Anderson and it’s no surprise he’s lining up a killer cast for his adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice. I hear Reese Witherspoon is the latest marquee name to join Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro in the film. Book takes place in Los Angeles at the turn of the 1970s, as drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend. Witherspoon re-teams with Phoenix, with whom she had a triumphant pairing in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line. Witherspoon won the Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter and Phoenix got an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Johnny Cash. Warner Bros will distribute Inherent Vice. She’s repped by CAA and Management 360.
Reese Witherspoon Finally Gets To Work With Paul Thomas Anderson As She Signs For ‘Inherent Vice’
It’s lost to the mists of time now, but when the project first emerged, there was talk that Reese Witherspoon was going to appear in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” as Peggy, the manipulative wife of Lancaster Dodd. For whatever reason (let’s hope it wasn’t a scheduling conflict with “This Means War”), it didn’t come to pass (Amy Adams took the role), but it seems like Witherspoon and PTA are still mutual admirers, as Deadline bring news that the actress has just signed on to the director’s new project, “Inherent Vice.”
The actress — who’s had a flurry of activity of late, after making tabloid headlines for her recent arrest — joins Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson and Kevin J Anderson as the signed cast so far. There’s no confirmation as to who she’ll playing, but our guess is that she’ll be Shasta Fay Hepworth, the ex girlfriend of Doc Sportello (Phoenix), who sets the plot in motion, though she could also be Hope Harlingen, the supposed widow of missing musician Coy. It’s also a “Walk The Line” reunion of sorts as Phoenix and Reese both took their excellent chemistry all the way to the Oscars (she won, he got nominated).
Anyway, it’s good news for Witherspoon, who’s course-correcting after a series of disappointments by working with the likes of Jeff Nichols (on current sleeper hit “Mud,”) Atom Egoyan (on “Devil’s Knot”) and PTA. Filming gets underway any day now, and Warner Bros will be releasing the picture, hopefully some time in 2014.
Martin Short and Jena Malone Join Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ (Exclusive)
Paul Thomas Anderson continues to cast his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel “Inherent Vice,” as Martin Short and Jena Malone are the latest additions to the star-studded ensemble, TheWrap has learned.
Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while a representative for Malone had no comment.
Short and Malone are expected to join Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro and Reese Witherspoon in the soft-boiled crime film, which follows a pot-smoking private detective named Doc Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates a missing persons case that may have larger implications.
Malone will play a former drug addict who asks Sportello for help, while Short’s small role is being kept under wraps.
Warner Bros. is financing and distributing the comedic film, which Anderson is producing through his Ghoulardi Film Co. along with JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi.
While it has been years since Short was last seen on the big screen, he did voice key characters in Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” and he’s also set to star in the Public Theater’s one-night-only performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” in Central Park. He’s repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Malone will soon be seen playing Johanna Mason in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and she recently co-starred alongside Bill Paxton in the “Hatfields & McCoys” miniseries. She’s repped by the Gersh Agency and attorney Robert S. Wallerstein.
– The Wrap