Four years has been too long of a wait for Paul Thomas Anderson’s follow up film to his masterpiece There Will Be Blood, but production has finally started on his latest project, The Master.
Now, Variety reports both Josh Close (Diary of the Dead, the upcoming Replicas) and Fiona Dourif (True Blood, Letters From the Big Man) have officially joined the project and the already impressive cast which includes: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Laura Dern, Rami Malek, and Madison Beaty.
The film is a religious drama set in the 1950’s which follows a captivating man, known as “The Master” (Hoffman) who creates his own religion. He eventually takes in a drifter named Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix) who becomes his right hand man. The film will focus on their relationship as Freddie begins to question the religion.
Said religion is rumored to be loosely based around Scientology. An early version of the script was leaked last year, but since then Anderson has supposedly rewritten much of the script and he has kept the new plot very secretive.
Meghan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is financing the film and The Weinstein Company is distributing. Ellison is the daughter of Oracle founder Larry Ellison, she has recently become known as somewhat of an indie film rescuer. Up until Ellison stepped in, The Master could not find proper financing. She is also financing Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming Osama Bin Laden project as well as an untitled collaboration between Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman.
No official release date has been set for The Master.