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Owen Wilson Joins Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' With Joaquin Phoenix & Benicio Del Toro

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 9, 2013 7:50 PM
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With "Punch Drunk Love," Paul Thomas Anderson managed to find the dark, vulnerable core at the center of Adam Sandler's schtick and turn it into something memorable, compelling and unique. Can he do the same for Owen Wilson's shaggy, goofy, lovable, slacker/surfer vibe?

We'll find out, as the actor has been cast in "Inherent Vice," joining the already exciting cast of Joaquin Phoenix and Benicio Del Toro. Based on the book by Thomas Pynchon and set in 1970s Los Angeles, the story follows inept, pot-smoking private detective Doc Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl, who also happens to be one of his ex-girlfriends. Del Toro will play Sportello's lawyer/legal counsel, while Wilson's role is being kept secret for now, but he's apparently one of the leads. Is it possible he's playing the other cop who's always busting Sportello's balls? It would be against type, but certainly inspired. Update: Cigarettes & Red Vines reveal that Wilson will be playing musician Coy Harlingen. 

Speculate below. Production begins later this month. [The Wrap]

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  • chong from the bong | May 10, 2013 12:14 PMReply


    i KIND of want everyone who has ever appeared in a pta movie to be in Inherent Vice

  • rudeboy | May 10, 2013 12:12 PMReply

    coy faked his own death, in the book and sportello meets his heroin addled wife and toddler daughter. the wife has fake chompers but is not bad looking from what i remember. I like this choice for coy.

    interesting roles and there are MANY:
    MICKEYS GIRL AND DOCS EX; roller girl hot
    THE DA GIRL FRIEND (a comedian please)
    BIG FOOT -
    the doctor
    the guy who owns headshop lol
    cookie and the jade
    blah blah
    I am so hyped for this

  • Lulu | May 10, 2013 9:45 AMReply

    Philip Seymour Hoffman has to be in this. Surely.

  • i seriously hope you guys ross douthat | May 10, 2013 5:05 AMReply

    Awwww yeaaaah.

  • sdkf | May 10, 2013 4:43 AMReply

    Cigs And Red Vines reports that he will be playing Coy Harlingen

  • jim | May 9, 2013 9:49 PMReply

    i thought that guy committed suicide?

  • BEF | May 9, 2013 10:19 PM

    yeah, and Joaquin retired... so what.

  • DG | May 9, 2013 9:00 PMReply

    This rules. I bet he plays the guy Doc goes to for advice and he gives him acid. I can't remember what his name is but it happens early in the story. Theres also a character who has images of his romantic conquests emblazoned on his ties, could see Wilson being that guy too

  • Russ | May 9, 2013 8:37 PMReply

    With Joaquin Phoenix & Benicio Del Toro, why do you need any more Name Actors, to me, it ruins the believability of the story, I like discovering new talent in films that I love. I believe their character more when I know they're not a celebrity

  • davis | May 9, 2013 8:07 PMReply

    the antagonist is a neo nazi. think about it.

  • jon | May 9, 2013 8:06 PMReply

    I just came all over my keyboard. Typing with sticky fingers.

  • Amy | May 9, 2013 8:05 PMReply

    He could be playing the Coy Harlingen but I wouldn't call that a "lead". But Owen Wilson as Bigfoot could be kind of genius.

  • oogle monster | May 9, 2013 7:54 PMReply

    Now waiting for the Charlize confirmation and we have the best cast of 2014 :)

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