The Master (2012)

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The Master is an upcoming drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson. It was given the green-light in May 2011, and began filming in June. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Laura Dern. The plot involves a religion called "The Cause" which has been compared to Scientology. The Master is scheduled for release on October 12, 2012. A charismatic intellectual (Hoffman) launches a religious organization following World War II. A drifter (Phoenix) becomes his right-hand man but as the faith begins to gain a fervent following, the drifter finds himself questioning the belief system and his mentor. An associate of Anderson's had stated that the idea for the film had "been in his head for... probably 12 years". It was first reported in December 2009 that Anderson had been working on a script about the founder of a new religious organization (described as being similar to Scientology) played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The project was initially set up with Universal but they eventually passed on the project along with The Weinstein Company because of problems with the script.

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