Robert Downey Jr for Paul Thomas Anderson Project February 21, 2011 Robert Downey Jr joins PTA’s Inherent Vice? Robert Downey Jr is in talks for the next Paul Thomas Anderson project. According to reports, Downey Jr may lead the film, which follows a drug-taking detective in Inherent Vice. Set in the ’60s, the movie will be adapted from the novel by experimental writer Thomas Pynchon. Anderson is also said to be working on a second film alongside the Pynchon adaptation, which will star regular collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman.