His role in The Master has already earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Now, Joaquin Phoenix had received an even higher honor, taking home the prized Luis Guzmán Award for Paul Thomas Anderson wanting him to be in more things.
Phoenix has reportedly been offered the lead role in Inherent Vice, Anderson's long-planned adaptation of the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. The film, set in 1969-70 Los Angeles, would see the actor playing a stoner detective on a kidnapping case and the drugs. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the story also involves funny names, "from Shasta Fay Hepworth and Riggs Warbling to Japonica Fenway and Adrian Prussia," so the Hunger Games crowd is going to love this.
Back in 2010, Anderson had been eyeing Robert Downey Jr. for the lead, but that was before The Master proved how adept Phoenix is at acting like he's on something. And anyway, with Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man, and his rap sheet, Downey probably has enough substance-abusing characters at this point.