Tom Cruise earned an Oscar nomination for the 1999 film Magnolia, which was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and co-starred Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Now a new trailer has come out for the movie The Master, directed by Anderson and starring Hoffman as a "writer, doctor, nuclear physicist, theoretical philosopher" who seems to be reminiscent of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Hoffman has said of the film, "Trust me, it's not about Scientology" but, as the New York Post notes, the new trailer just feeds speculation.
"He's making all this up as he goes along—you don't see that?" one character says of the organization's leader.
“Good science, by definition, allows for more than one opinion,” another character says. “Otherwise, you merely have the will of one man, which is the basis of a cult.”
Director Anderson reportedly showed the movie to Tom Cruise, who had “issues” with it.
Back in March, the New York Times asked a Scientology spokesperson about their awareness of The Master. A spokeswoman replied by e-mail, “Thank you very much for your inquiry. The Church only knows about the film what it has read in the press.” She said they would wait and see. “We have not seen the film, so can’t say one way or another."
If Tom was shown the film, chances are things will trickle down to whoever else may have concerns. Or maybe Tom only had "issues" with the dialogue or character development. Who knows. But all the Scientology speculation that has emerged after the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes divorce will probably only help build buzz for The Master.