Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Joaquin for Scientology movie?

Joaquin Phoenix is being linked to a film about the forming of a religion

Joaquin Pheonix is in talks to star in a film based on the founding of Scientology.

The Walk The Line star - who hasn't acted since his "retirement" in 2008 to start a music career for spoof documentary I'm Still Here - would star alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in the untitled religious drama, Variety reports.

There Will be Blood's Paul Thomas Anderson is directing from a script he wrote himself about a troubled man who joins a new religion that bears a strong resemblance to Scientology, and his relationship with it's founder.

Hoffman has been cast as the faith's founder Lancaster Dodd, a charismatic intellectual known as The Master, and Joaquin would star as Freddie Sutton, an alcoholic loner who joins as a devoted disciple of the The Master, but eventually begins to question his leader's manipulative methods.

The period drama was previously with Universal, but the studio dropped the project. It is now being financed by Annapurna Pictures.

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