Paul Thomas Anderson is putting the cast together for Inherent Vice at lighting speed, as the gap between the project getting the go-ahead and a planned shoot in a few weeks time has been pretty short. Now he’s found one of his female leads, with Deadline reporting that Katherine Waterson has signed up for the film.
The movie is based on Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel of the same name, which follows Los Angeles private detective Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) in 1969. It’s described as being, ‘Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon- private eye Doc Sportello surfaces, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era. In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre that is at once exciting and accessible, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren’t there.
Waterson is said to be playing a ‘free-spirited hippie chick’ who has to constantly conform to the ideas of how her new lover, a real estate mogul named Mickey Wolfmann, think she should act.
Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone and Martin Short also star, with shooting kicking off soon.