Joaquin Phoenix set to come out of ‘retirement’ for Scientology drama

Phoenix has not acted since staging his retirement for 'I'm Still Here'

Joaquin Phoenix is set to return to acting, in his first role since his supposed retirement.

The actor supposedly quit acting to pursue a career as a rapper, which turned out to be a stunt for the faux-documentary he made with Casey Affleck, I’m Still Here.

Now, Phoenix is in talks to star opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman in a religious drama based around Scientology. The film will be directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, according to Variety.

The as-yet-untitled project follows a disaffected disciple’s relationship with the founder of a new faith which closely mirrors Scientology. Hoffman plays the charismatic leader, known as The Master.

Phoenix‘s role would be that of Freddie Sutton, an alcoholic drifter who becomes his right hand man, only to begin questioning his mentor.