The upcoming movie The Master is going to raise a lot eyebrows in Hollywood. Many have already dismissed it as the 1950’s drama is said to be loosely based on L. Ron Hubbard and his founding of the Church of Scientology (many in the industry are Scientologists). It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, a charismatic man who weaves his teachings (aka bullshit) to disenchanted WWII veterans and the downtrodden. One particular man, after blindly following and doing Lancaster’s bidding, begins to see through the fog and openly question everything he’s been taught. It’s a deep subject that, if developed in the wrong hands, could come off as preachy or nonsensical but in the hands of Paul Thomas Anderson (he wrote and directed) the tale looks awfully compelling. Check out the trailer now.
The Master stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Laura Dern and David Warshofsky.
The Master mesmerizes US theaters on September 21, 2012 and UK theaters on November 2, 2012.