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Video: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Has A Trailer And It Looks Amazing

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One of the most anticipated films of the year, Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, finally has a trailer and boy does it look glorious.

Described by someone who saw an early screening of the film as a Paul Thomas Anderson epic by way of The Long Goodbye and The Big Lebowski, the trailer gives us hearty doses of the Weird L.A. vibes from those aforementioned neo-noirs.

Based on the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix (sporting some monster mutton chops) as a private investigator investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterston) who seems to have gotten embroiled into a shady plot involving a millionaire land developer. It's Los Angeles, who else would be shady? Rounding out the all-star cast is Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Owen Wilson, and Jena Malone. Indie harpist Joanna Newsom also appears as an "earth-goddess-like" character that'll serve as the film's narrator (that's her voice in the trailer), and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood will once again provide Anderson's film with the score (Greenwood previously scored There Will Be Blood and The Master). Likely not credited is a cameo from the famously reclusive Thomas Pynchon himself.

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Inherent Vice premieres this Saturday at the New York Film Festival, and is set to be released in theaters December 12.

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