Hollywood Friday: Joaquin Phoenix returns with 'The Master' for the Indian audience
IBNLive | March 14, 2013, 8:18 pm
The American drama written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams in the lead roles.
The film which is releasing in India tomorrow received three Academy Award nominations for the Best Actor for Phoenix, Best Supporting Actor for Hoffman, and the Best Supporting Actress for Adams.
The film revolves around the story of Freddie Quell (Phoenix), a World War II veteran struggling to adjust in a post-war society who meets Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), a leader of a religious movement known as 'The Cause' who sees something in Quell and accepts him into the movement.
As the movie progresses one sees that Freddie takes a liking to 'The Cause' and begins traveling with Dodd along the East Coast to spread the teachings.
Initially the film was set up with Universal but fell through due to problems with the scripts and the budget.
The film officially premiered on September 1 2012, at the Venice Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Award for Best Film and then 'The Master' was released on September 14, 2012, in the United States to critical acclaim.
Actors like Joshua Close, Patty McCormack, Fiona Dourif and David Warshofsky will also be seen playing important roles in the film.
Initially, Hoffman was reported as being casted in the lead role as Lancaster Dodd with Jeremy Renner starring opposite to Freddie Quell.
Renner was later reported as no longer being attached to the film and there were rumors that James Franco was considered for the role but eventually Joaquin Phoenix was officially cast in the role.
Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead composed the background score for the film. This is the second time Greenwood has scored an Anderson film, the first being 'There Will Be Blood'.
After a theatrical trailer was released online by The Weinstein Company 'The Master' was given an R rating in the United States by the Motion Picture Association of America.
'The Master' is jointly produced by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.