New Images from Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE

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The October issue of Empire has the first image of Benicio Del Toro as Sauncho Smilax in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, alongside Josh Brolin and Joaquin Phoenix, seen below.

The film will debut in October at the New York Film Festival, but there’s still no trailer to enjoy; instead there are two more images here: last week’s image via EW with the drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello, played by Phoenix and hard-ass cop “Bigfoot” Bjornson, played by Josh Brolin, followed by the image for NYFF52 centerpiece with the shaggy-haired Phoenix.

Anderson’s follow-up to The Master also stars Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Eric Roberts, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, and Michael K. Williams.

Inherent Vice is scheduled to hit theaters starting on December 12th.

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In Inherent Vice, when private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin… well, easy for her to say.

It’s the tail end of the psychedelic ’60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.

With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp – all Thomas Pynchon.