Toronto Film Sean Penn

There’s been a lot of talk about the casting of Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s cinematic adaptation of reclusive author Thomas Pynchon’s latest novel.  So far, the auteur has managed to grab Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon, and Jena Malone—a rather auspicious cast thus far for a rather auspicious project.  But seeing how the novel has just about 20 major characters, don’t expect the casting news to die down anytime soon.  Today’s case in point: Sean Penn.

According to PTA fan site Cigarettes and Red Vines, Sean Penn is now in talks to join the cast of Inherent Vice.  No character was mentioned, though the site surmises Penn may be playing Adrian Prussia, “a powerful loan shark known to get violent when not compensated properly.”

Inherent Vice is Pynchon’s typically labyrinthine, hilarious, and ingenious take on the shaggy dog detective story.  And, given Paul Thomas Anderson’s love of Robert Altman, we’re hoping that his film version of Inherent Vice would make the back end to a nice double feature with Altman’s own The Long Goodbye, another deconstructionist take on the Raymond Chandler world of smartass detectives, dangerous women , and overly complicated plotting.

What do you think of the casting news?