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Sean Penn Reportedly Circling A Role In Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

by Oliver Lyttelton
May 19, 2013 9:30 AM
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Sean Penn

Since "Magnolia," Paul Thomas Anderson has mostly eschewed the starry ensemble. Not that A-listers haven't been in his films, but each of his last three films -- "Punch Drunk Love," "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master" -- have been anchored by one or two titanic performances by big names, but have featured supporting casts including a few names from PTA' s rep company, and other mostly unfamiliar faces.

But it looks like that's changing with "Inherent Vice," his currently-prepping adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel. The film (backed by Warner Bros, making it his first true-blue studio picture) sees him reunite with Joaquin Phoenix for the lead role, with a ridiculously stacked supporting roster on board so far, with Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone and Kevin J. O'Connor all signed on. And now, word's arrived that perhaps the biggest name so far has come on board, with Cigarettes and Red Vines reporting that Sean Penn is circling the project.

The double-Oscar-winning actor has never worked with Anderson before, but there are multilple links; the actor's brother Michael scored PTA's first two films, "Hard Eight" and "Boogie Nights," his mother appeared in "Magnolia," and perhaps most importantly, Penn was initially slated to take the part eventually filled by Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Punch Drunk Love." It seems that things are in their early stages, but Cigarettes and Red Vines (who suggest that Penn is probably being looked at for the part of loan shark Adrian Prussia) are well-connected, so we imagine that this'll be confirmed before too long, bar scheduling conflicts -- Penn is soon to shoot actioner "Prone Gunman." All being well, "Inherent Vice" will hit theaters in 2014. 

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  • GERARD KENNELLY | May 20, 2013 3:46 PMReply

    it was funny
    when sean penn complained that ''the movies made today are crap''

    pot .....kettle (Gangster Squad was terrible )

  • Anticipate | May 20, 2013 1:35 AMReply

    So, having read the book, Reese Witherspoon is doing a hot sex scene in this, right? That will be interesting. I guess if anyone could have convinced her to do her first nude scene in 15 years, it was PTA. Well done, Paul. You da man.

  • Michael M. | May 19, 2013 4:56 PMReply

    Hm Sean's casting makes things more interesting, perhaps he's reprising his "Jeff Spicoli" role haha. But in all seriousness, the ensemble cast is pretty astounding so far! New faces and P.T.A regulars are on board. Can't wait!

  • Eric | May 19, 2013 1:09 PMReply

    It's Kevin J. O'Connor. Not Kevin J Anderson. I mean seriously? Anybody proof read anymore?

  • DG | May 19, 2013 1:01 PMReply

    Short is playing Rudy Blatnoyd

  • oogle monster | May 19, 2013 12:18 PMReply

    Agreed with SD- I hope that happens... Carrey really needs to get back to his roots aka solid material! And while I'm still SUPER bummed Charlize is not in this, I can deal with Witherspoon as long as Carrey or maybe Michael Shannon come on board. Also, I know one of the writers for Cigs is a contributor on here, but I don't remember who it is- nonetheless, thanks for this scoop... needed something exciting after a loooong weekend!

  • Akira | May 30, 2013 11:05 PM

    Still hasn't happened ...

  • sd | May 19, 2013 1:06 PM

    It IS gonna happen.. just trust me

  • sd | May 19, 2013 11:28 AMReply

    You guys might as well start writing the article about the casting of Jim Carrey in ''Inherent Vice''... Just saying

  • lea | May 19, 2013 5:33 PM

    What about Charlize?

  • RL | May 19, 2013 10:49 AMReply

    Penn for Bigfoot?!Amazing!

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