Warner Bros. Pictures has just released more than 50 stills from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s darkly comic Thomas Pynchon adaptation, Inherent Vice. Check them all out in the gallery viewer below!
Marking the first-ever adaptation of one of Pynchon’s novels, Inherent Vice begins when when private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin… well, easy for her to say.
It’s the tail end of the psychedelic ’60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists…
In addition to the Academy Award-nominated Phoenix, Inherent Vice‘s cast also includes fellow Oscar nominees Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men) and Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums)and Oscar winners Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line). Rounding out the cast is Katherine Waterston (Michael Clayton), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!), Jena Malone (Sucker Punch) and, in her feature film debut, singer/songwriter Joanna Newson.
Inherent Vice opens in a limited release next Friday, December 12 with plans to expand everywhere January 9.