may be coming out of “retirement,” as the actor is in early talks to appear in a Scientology drama.
The untitled project is a Paul Thomas Anderson film, to which Philip Seymour Hoffman has already signed on to play the part of Lancaster Dodd. Hoffman’s character is a described as a “charismatic intellectual known as the Master,” and Phoenix would play an alcoholic drifter, Freddie Sutton, who works closely with The Master before beginning to question his methods.
This would be Phoenix’s first project since his starring role in the faux-documentary, I’m Still Here. The Casey Affleck project was relatively unsuccessful, grossing only $698,000 worldwide.