Joaquin Phoenix To Un-Retire For Paul Thomas Anderson?

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Wait a minute... Joaquin Phoenix is still here?

Now that the faux-documentary "I'm Still Here" has come and gone (and nobody really cared), Phoenix is looking to get back into actual acting rather than participating in large-scale, head-scratching publicity stunts. And Paul Thomas Anderson might be assisting in his comeback as the two are in talks to work together on PTA's untitled religious drama, according to Variety.

PTA's new film, which will be his first since 2007's "There Will Be Blood," is a period piece based loosely on Scientology starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, a manipulative religious leader known as The Master. Phoenix would be playing Freddie Sutton, an alcoholic drifter who ends up being Dodd's right-hand man.

Phoenix's last feature role was in James Gray's 2008 drama, "Two Lovers." He's been laying low since revealing that his retirement from acting in favor of a career as a bearded hip hop artist was all a sham.

Will we be able to look at Phoenix in the same way after all that "I'm Still Here" nonsense? Will we be able to take him seriously again, no matter how good of an actor he may be?

Well, if anyone can make us true believers of anything, it's Paul Thomas Anderson. So this may be just the collaboration Phoenix needs to put him back in the good graces of the universe.