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Paul Thomas Anderson Has Found His Shasta For 'Inherent Vice'

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 30, 2013 9:55 PM
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With cameras now rolling on Paul Thomas Anderson's next movie, the Thomas Pynchon adaptation "Inherent Vice," the cast continues to grow and one of the key lead characters has been found, but it's not any A-list name.

Deadline reports that rising actress Katherine Waterston -- yes, daughter of Sam Waterston -- has booked the part of Shasta in the film. But she's not exactly inexperienced. So far, her resumé is peppered with work alongside acclaimed filmmakers like Tony Gilroy ("Michael Clayton") and Ang Lee ("Taking Woodstock"), and she's got a role in Kelly Reichardt's next picture, "Night Moves." But, she's never worked with a cast like this that includes Joaquin PhoenixBenicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Josh BrolinMartin Short, Jena Malone and Kevin J. O'Connor with Sean Penn possibly maybe joining as well.

Set in 1970s Los Angeles, the story follows inept, pot-smoking private detective Doc Sportello as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl (Shasta), who also happens to be one of his ex-girlfriends. Warner Bros. is behind this one, and it's already on our Must See list for 2014. 

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  • RL | May 31, 2013 4:16 AMReply

    Thank you PTA for casting a younger and fresher face for Shasta!Hope she could be a good Shasta.

  • dg | May 31, 2013 3:49 AMReply

    Well, according to the book, the role of Shasta is definitely important and catalytic, but not that big

  • R | May 31, 2013 1:07 AMReply

    Now what's needed is Thomas Pynchon's acting debut. I hear he's hard to get.

  • Akira | May 30, 2013 11:02 PMReply

    Don't forget Josh Brolin is starring as well. And i'm more than satisfied with P.T.A's pick for leading lady. Witherspoon is too mainstream.

  • BEF | May 31, 2013 12:20 AM

    Right? His is a "large" role.

  • Anon | May 30, 2013 10:21 PMReply

    Wow, I really thought Witherspoon would get the role, it even says so on imdb. Way to go, PTA.

  • d | May 30, 2013 10:30 PM

    It seems Witherspoon wasn't up for that role. She's still in the movie, by all accounts.

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