Paul Thomas Anderson will write and direct a period drama starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Anderson and Hoffman worked together before on “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “Punch-Drunk” but this time the director has finally cast Hoffman, who won Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in “Capote,” in the lead role of his new movie.
The unnamed project follows “the Master”, a charismatic and intelligent man (Hoffman) who leads a popular faith-based organisation in America in 1952.
The film will examine the relationship between Hoffman’s character and a 20-something drifter named Freddie, who finds himself questioning the Master’s belief system.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s (Oscar nominated for “Boogie Nights” (1997), “Magnolia” (1999), “There Will Be Blood” last year) upcoming yet-to-be-titled movie is awaiting a greenlight from Universal.