Casting Net: Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson, together again...maybe. Plus: a 'Best Man' sequel, Reese Witherspoon

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Joaquin Phoenix is currently in talks to join Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, a classic Los Angeles noir set around the time of the Manson family arrest and trial. Robert Downey, Jr.’s name had been floating around the project for a little while, but we’ll be thrilled if Inherent Vice brings The Master duo together again. [Variety]

Reese Witherspoon is in talks to star in a film about the Lost Boys of Sudan – the name given to the over 20,000 boys who were displaced after the devastating Second Sudanese Civil War. Reportedly titled The Good LieMargaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) wrote the screenplay, and Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) is set to direct. Witherspoon has not had a theatrical release since This Means War, but she can be seen in Jeff Nichols’ (Take ShelterMud, opening in theaters on April 26. [The Wrap]

• The entire cast of The Best Man will reunite to film a sequel to the hit 1999 comedy, already scheduled for a November release date. Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, and Morris Chestnut will all reprise their roles for director and writer Malcolm D. Lee. [ComingSoon.net]

• Joan Didion’s A Book of Common Prayer is coming to the big screen, and Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man) has signed on to direct and star. Didion’s ambitious 1977 novel about politics, human nature, mother/daughter relationships, innocence and evil, is set in a fictionalized Central America. [Variety]

Sean Hayes is in talks to join Gena Rowlands in 6 Dance Lessons in 6 Weeks, based on a play of the same name about a retiree who forms a friendship with her dance instructor. [Deadline]

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