That There Will Be Blood
helmer Paul Thomas Anderson
is back with a new feature after five long years is exciting enough. Toss in the fact that his latest reunites him with frequent collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman
, and it's no wonder The Master
is one of our most highly anticipated movies of the year.
The first teaser was a beautifully crafted, deeply unsettling clip centered on a Navy man named Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix
), and the second offers us a much better look at the titular Master himself, religious leader Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman). Not surprisingly, it already appears to be one hell of a performance. Amy Adams
, who plays Lancaster's wife, makes a brief showing as well. Watch it after the jump.
Hoffman, if you're not caught up, plays an L. Ron
Hubbard-esque figure who starts a Scientology-esque belief system after World War II. (Officially, the film isn't about Scientology, but unofficially, it totally is. They've even been screening the film for famous Scientologists to try and head off the the inevitable controversy.) With The Help
of his right-hand man Freddie (Phoenix), he spreads his new movement with great success. As the new religion picks up steam, however, Freddie starts to feel uneasy about what he and Dodd have created.
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