Friday, December 4, 2009

Philip Seymour Hoffman Leads Paul Thomas Anderson Latest

Paul Thomas Anderson is working on his next project as of yet untitled and he has cast Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead as a founder of a new religious organization in the 1950s. The film is set up at Universal, which will make a decision about whether to greenlight the pic, with a $35 million budget, once Anderson delivers a finished script.

Hoffman, who has played supporting roles in most of Anderson's past films, this time will be at the center, playing "the Master," as in "master of ceremonies," a charismatic intellectual who hatches a faith-based organization that begins to catch on in America in 1952. The core is the relationship between the Master and Freddie, a twentysomething drifter who becomes the leader's lieutenant. As the faith begins to gain a fervent following, Freddie finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor.