Posted on Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:55 AM PDT
In news of the weird joining the weirder, Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in a film about the rise of a religion that closely resembles Scientology, Variety reports.
Much like Scientology, Phoenix is no stranger to controversy. He announced in 2008 that he was â€œretiringâ€ from acting. That statement has been questioned because Phoenixâ€™s supposed rap career was actually being filmed for Casey Affleckâ€™s faux-documentary Iâ€™m Still Here. Phoenix hasnâ€™t had a major U.S. theatrical release since Reservation Road in 2007.
See what other quirky actor is signed on for the flick after the jump.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is also starring in the movie; he plays the founder of a new faith, a character reportedly based on L. Ron Hubbard, who founded Scientology.
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