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Paul Thomas Anderson to Direct Phillip Seymour Hoffman in His Next Film

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It looks like writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson is starting to prepare for his next film possibly called, The Master. The director who is known for directing great films such as Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, and There Will be Blood is teaming back up with Phillip Seymour Hoffman who has worked with Anderson several times thoghout the years.

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The film is a period drama where Hoffman will play the founder of a new religious organization in the 1950's. Hoffman's character is known as "the Master," as in "master of ceremonies," a charismatic intellectual who hatches a faith-based organization that begins to catch on in America in 1952. The core is the relationship between the Master and Freddie, a twentysomething drifter who becomes the leader's lieutenant. As the faith begins to gain a fervent following, Freddie finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor.

Before you jump to conclusions about what religion this film is loosely based on, according to Variety, "the drama does not so much scrutinize self-started churches like Scientology or the Mormons, as much as it explores the need to believe in a higher power, the choice of which one to embrace and the point at which a belief system graduates into a religion."

Anderson is currently in the process of finishing up the script, once it's done all Universal Pictures needs to do is green light it and we will have ourselves another great Paul Thomas Anderson film to watch!

So what do you think of his new project?

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