- Published on Tuesday, June 19 2012
- Written by Katie Marzullo
Last month, we showed you the first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film, The Master, which really put the “tease” back in “teaser”! The barely 2-minute clip showed Joaquin Phoenix being questioned by a military officer – for what, it’s not made clear. All we know is, this film is supposed to be loosely based on the life of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard. In the same article, we mentioned that P.T. was planning to screen the film for his friend and Scientology poster boy, Tom Cruise. We’ve since heard from a “source” that Cruise did indeed have some “issues” with the film. But they must not have been terribly egregious, because the Weinsteins just released another new teaser for the film. Full speed ahead, apparently!
In the new clip, we are finally introduced to the central enigmatic character of the film, Lancaster Dodd, played by Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. He, too, seems to be questioning Phoenix’s character while revealing a bit about himself in the process:
“I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but above all, I am… a hopelessly inquisitive man,” he tells Phoenix.
We also get a first glimpse of Amy Adams, who plays Lancaster’s wife, as she assures Joaquin that her hubby has taken somewhat of a shine to the drifter. The entire clip, even though it’s just one 1 minute and 30 seconds long, seems to contain the entire arc of the story – the two characters meet, they effect one another in a seemingly benevolent way, and then something clearly goes awry, as evidenced by the final seconds of the trailer where we see Phoenix, apparently incarcerated, lose his cool and demand that Hoffman tell him “something that’s true.” Juicy!
Look, whether this film is actually based on Scientology or not is irrelevant. At the end of the day, this is going to be another amazing cinematic experience from the same director who brought us Magnolia and There Will Be Blood. What more do you need than that?
Check out the new trailer below:
The Master will go into limited release on October 12.
- Katie Marzullo, YH Staff Editor
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