Owen Wilson joins Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice

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I recently watched Paul Thomas Anderson’s MAGNOLIA again and I was reminded how great of a writer Paul Thomas Anderson is when he’s doing an original script.  It’s not that I had anything against THERE WILL BE BLOOD; it was a great film.  It’s just that I prefer PTA when he’s writing his own stuff.  So although I’m looking forward to his next film, INHERENT VICE, I’m less excited for it since he’s adapting an existing novel.  That said, ‘Inherent Vice’ is loved by those that have read it, so it seems he has some good source material and I can’t argue with the 1960’s/70’s Los Angeles setting.  And he’s putting together quite a cast, which already has Joaquin Phoenix set as Doc Portello and Benicio Del Toro on board to play Doc’s lawyer.  Today, Owen Wilson has joined the cast in an unspecified role.  Although Owen Wilson might seem like an odd choice at first, I can see him perfectly in the 1960’s Los Angeles setting.  I assume it’s only a matter of time before Philip Seymour Hoffman or John C. Reilly join the cast.

The official synopsis of Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice’: In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre that is at once exciting and accessible, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren’t there.  It’s been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except that this one usually leads to trouble. Undeniably one of the most influential writers at work today, Pynchon has penned another unforgettable book. (TheWrap)

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