Joaquin Phoenix plays a psychedelic private eye in trailer for ‘Inherent Vice’ – watch

Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel is released in cinemas January 30

Joaquin Phoenix plays a bumbling private eye in Inherent Vice – the first ever film adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s ’60s set crime caper is released in UK cinemas January 30.

The film’s pulp novel-style synopsis reads:

“When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) 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.”

Inherent Vice is the seventh feature from Oscar-nominated director Anderson. His previous films include There Will Be Blood and The Master.

The Pynchon adaptation also stars Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men), Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short and Jena Malone. Watch the trailer below.