While his last film The Master didn’t turn to out to be quite the critical and commercial juggernaut it was expected to be, (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood) is already full steam ahead prepping his new project, the adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.
The novel is quite similar to the Coen Brother's The Big Lebowski, in that it centers around a highly intoxicated hippie being deeply embroiled in an intricate criminal investigation about missing person.
The big difference between the two projects, apart from the fact that Inherent Vice is set in the Los Angeles of the 1970s not 1990s, is that the hero of Pynchon’s novel, the awesomely named private investigator Doc Sportello, more or less knows what he’s doing. It’s just that he is doing it through the mist of various forms of consciousness-enhancing or reducing liquids, pills or smoking devices.
While 'The Dude' was of course beautifully played by , Sportello will be brought to life by one , in what could, should and hopefully will be his best performance.
Now, it seems like Downey Jr. will get some glamorous company, indeed. Showbiz411 reports that is circling an unspecified role in the crime comedy.
My guess is that Theron is up for the role of Shasta Fay Hepworth, the former girlfriend of Sportello. But there are plenty of other extremely colorful female parts in the novel, which would be suited for the talents of the Oscar winning actress.
Expect more fanstastic casting news to dripple in soon. Who wouldn't want to star in, as Doc Sportello would say, a groovy sounding project like this?