News from the Rumor Mill: Joaquin Phoenix Latest, Tom Hanks Teams Up with the Wachowskis

13 Apr

Joaquin Phoenix in Talks With P.T. Anderson for Upcoming Religious Drama

It is still up in the air how crazy Joaquin Phoenix had to be to even just pretend to be that insane for his faux documentary I’m Still Here. Whatever the case, it was quite a performance and he is now back on the market looking for work. The latest buzz from Entertainment Weekly is that he is in talks with Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood) to be part of what is being called a “religious drama” revolving around Scientology.

Phoenix seems like a good fit for Scientology.

While nothing is confirmed yet, if Phoenix got a role it would probably be that of an alcoholic named Freddie Sutton who befriends Lancaster Dodd, the leader and founder of Scientology, who will be played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

I think this sounds like a project worthy of note. P.T. Anderson, when he isn’t getting frustrated by people confusing him with Paul W.S. Anderson, puts out consistently great films.

"For the last time...I did not direct Showgirls or Resident Evil."

He manages to work with strong scripts and many of his films are darkly beautiful and profound. He seems to already be assembling a solid cast, so I look forward to the release of this film.

Tom Hanks to Star in Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas

After drowning their financial woes after Speed Racer, the Wachowski siblings are back to bring another sci-fi film to the screen and according to Deadline they already have Tom Hanks onboard to star. The name of the film is Cloud Atlas and is based on a 2004 book of the same name by David Mitchell.

The book is known for its layered structure, telling multiple stories that are interconnected from 1850 to a post-apocalyptic future. There are several main characters, whose stories end up affecting the next story in the future some way. The book won multiple awards and sounds like it also has some anti-establishment sentiment that the Wachowskis seem to love.

Our backwards hats show our rebellion against "The Man".

It is unclear what part Tom Hanks will play in the film, but it is confirmed that he will be one of the main characters in the stories. Since there are so many different main characters, I am interested in seeing who they get to round out the rest of the cast.

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