The Weinstein Company will officially distribute Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, Deadline reports. Currently untitled, the project is set to star Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix.
Originally titled The Master, the story, said to be loosely based on the life of L. Ron Hubbard and the creation of Scientology, will feature Hoffman as the creator of a faith-based organization in the 1950’s. Phoenix will play Freddie, a young drifter who is swept up in the movement and becomes Hoffman’s character’s lieutenant. As everything builds, however, Freddie begins to question the system he’s helped to create.
This project, set to begin production next month, will be Anderson’s first work since 2007’s There Will Be Blood. That film was the only one of Anderson’s not to feature Hoffman as an actor.