Meanwhile The Wrap is reporting that Benico del Toro has joined the cast. He will play Sportello's shady attorney who's acutally not an actual criminal lawyer, but gives counsel nonetheless to the protagonist and helps him get out of tight spots. It's not a major role in the book, but del Toro is known for scene chewery, so it could be a fun bit of scene-stealing. "Inherent Vice" should start shooting later this month and they'll be doing it on Warner Bros. dime, not Annapurna Pictures as previously thought.
Several key characters have yet to be cast including the aforementioned female Shasta Fay Hepworth, who comes to Doc's doorstep, but then mysteriously disappears, her new boyfriend real estate mogul Mickey Wolfmann and Lieutenant “Bigfoot” Bjornson, a L.A.P.D. officer who is Sportello's constant nemesis, to name just a few major roles. Character actor Kevin J. O'Connor ("There Will Be Blood," "The Master") has also joined the cast in an undisclosed role according to PTA's fansite, but we're assuming it's probably not one of the meatier ones. Charlize Theron was once rumored for a role, presumably that of Shasta, but nothing's come to pass of that report it seems. More casting news should turn up soon.