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Joaquin Phoenix's New Film Involves A Road Trip

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By Kasey Williams

Fresh off his Academy Award win for Best Actor, Joaquin Phoenix appears to be wasting little time as he segues into his next project.

The film, from writer/director Mike Mills, apparently involves a road trip, although plots details are relatively sparse at the moment. The film recently wrapped principal photography and is currently in post-production.

As reported by Deadline, Phoenix will play an artist left to look after his "precocious" young nephew as they forge an unexpected bond on a cross-country road trip.

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A24 plans to bring the $10 million-budgeted drama, entitled C'mon C'mon, to the European Film Market alongside David Lowery's Green Knight.

Mills, previously known for director critically-acclaimed dramas like Beginners and 20th Century Women, hasn't made a film since the latter, which debuted in 2016.

Beginners, which starred Ewin McGregor and Christopher Plummer, landed Plummer an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2011.

His new film also stars Gaby Hoffman (from Transparent), Woody Norman (from Poldark) and Kenneth Kynt Bryan (from Claws).

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Phoenix recently received his first Oscar for his work as the titular madman in Todd Phillips' Joker. He lost substantial weight for the role and was reportedly hard to work with during production, although he acknowledged and apologized to the fellow cast and crew for his antics.

His acceptance speech on Sunday has drawn much attention to himself and, oddly enough, the dairy industry. In accepting the award, Phoenix discussed the often cruel conditions in which cattle are raised in the industry.

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"I think we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world. Many of us are guilty of an egocentric world view, and we believe that we’re the center of the universe," Phoenix said during his speech. "We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. Then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal."

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Nevertheless, after working so hard on such a grueling, hard-hitting production, it's possible the Phoenix was in search of a lighter project, although Mills' new film is rumored to deal -- albeit lightly -- with mental disorders.

The film is produced by Chelsea Barnard (from Booksmart), Lila Yacoub (from Eighth Grade) and Andrea Longacre-White (from 20th Century Women) with Robbie Ryan (from The Favourite) as director of photography.

The script, according to Deadline, is due to be sent out to buyers this week.

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