Considering the TomKat divorce, this is an especially interesting time for us to be getting a movie about the now-controversial belief system of Scientology. According to sources, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a character based on L. Ron Hubbard, the real-life creator of Scientology. Paul Thomas Anderson will direct The Master, his first film since 2007’s There Will Be Blood, and Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams will co-star. Did I say I can’t wait? I can’t wait. The trailer’s inside and, it is seriously intense. Checkie out.
The Master: First Trailer
I’ll be honest. I didn’t ‘get’ every second of that trailer. And that’s so exciting! Although it’s clear that the film is about the formation of a particular group, the focus on Phoenix’s character seems to complicate the story, which will make for a really interesting plot, I think.
I know “Philip Seymour Hoffman” isn’t a name that gets everybody up and running but I’ve seen way too many of his movies (my tops specials being State And Main, Synecdoche, NY and Doubt); so I start foaming at the mouth (just a little) when I see his name on a cast list. Phoenix and Adams are also brilliant talents, and I think we’re in for a host of powerhouse performances with The Master.
Anderson has also chosen a fascinating topic. Even if you’re anti-organized religion or have no use for structured belief systems, this stuff is just ripe for drama! We recently heard more about Darren Aronofsky’s Noah project and I’m excited about that one too. Although the subject matter and plots are clearly different, I’m compelled by the religious bent. If done well, all stories about belief systems are really studies in a particularly common human experience or characteristic. As Bob Dylan once said, we all gotta serve somebody! We’ll soon see who’s serving who (and toward what end) in The Master.
Oh, and here’s a clip from a few months back:
The Master opens in theaters on October 12.0