Robert Downey Jr had been attached to Inherent Vice, to be directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, for quite a while. As of today, however, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Robert ultimately passed on the project; Joaquin Phoenix is now in talks to join the film. Details below:
Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to reteam with Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice, an adaptation of the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel.
Anderson wrote the screenplay based on the novel, which is set in 1969-70 Los Angeles and centers on a pot-smoking detective on a kidnapping case. The book featured a slew of characters with quirky, original names — from Shasta Fay Hepworth and Riggs Warbling to Japonica Fenway and Adrian Prussia.
Anderson has been working on Vice for a few years. The project once had Robert Downey Jr. interested, but he ultimately passed.