Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next film has been announced, and we now know that it may strike a tone similar to his last film, the critically acclaimed There Will Be Blood. In this next opus, Anderson will take on the creation of a new religion, and he’s bringing Philip Seymour Hoffman along as his creator. Hoffman will play “the Master,” or “master of ceremonies,” a charsmatic intellectual who creates a faith-based organization that takes the United States by storm in 1952.
The story will focus on the relationship between the Master and Freddie, a 20-something drifter who quickly becomes his lieutenant. As the organization’s following grows, Freddie is caught questioning the belief system he’s embraced, and thus, begins to question the ways of his mentor.
According to Variety, the project is set up at Universal but does not yet have the green light. They are still waiting for Anderson to turn in a script.
As someone who is always interested in the work of P.T.A, I’m curious to see where this film leads. It feels like a wonderful role for Hoffman, who is as dynamic an actor as there is working today. He can be soft-spoken and subtle in one moment, but a rage of emotions in the next. Assuming this film calls for a central character with a major personality (as is the case with most modern-day faith-based leaders), it is a match made in… Well, you get the picture.
More as the story develops.