Cannes trailer for 'The Master' hints at Scientology movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman - 2012-06-05
The Master doesn't open in theaters until October, but the movie already is creating a stir, with a fictional plot apparently inspired by the Church of Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Movie bloggers recently viewed an exclusive 4-minute preview of The Master at the Cannes Film Festival, consistently noting similarities to the church's history and techniques. An early draft of the screenplay leaked online in 2010 as "Untitled Scientology Project."
The Master is written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, a five-time Oscar nominee for Boogie Nights, Magnolia and There Will Be Blood.