Inherent Vice trailer: Expect riotous colour and slapstick gags from Joaquin Phoenix and co

Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming film is based on Thomas Pynchon's novel

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The official trailer for Inherent Vice has dropped online, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the lead.

Directed by Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and adapted from Thomas Pynchon’s famous novel, the film follows hapless private eye Doc Sportello who is hired by his ex-girlfriend to investigate a plot involving her billionaire boyfriend, his scheming wife and her lover.

Set at the tail end of the psychedelic Sixties, Inherent Vice promises “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”.

Judging the trailer we can expect a riotous, colourful film filled with slapstick gags as the characters embark on a crazy search for lost ideals and Anderson returns to his Boogie Nights roots.

Promotional poster for Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice

Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterson, Reese Witherspoon and Benicio Del Toro also star, while 77-year-old Pynchon will be making a cameo appearance. Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood has composed the 'surf-rock' score.

Intrigued? Catch Inherent Vice in UK cinemas from 30 January 2015.