Halloween is still a month away, but Joanna Newsom just started the countdown until Christmas. Previously, The New York Times reported that the harp-wielding singer/songwriter would narrate and play an “earth-goddess-like” character in Inherent Vice, an upcoming movie from director Paul Thomas Anderson. As with Anderson’s 2007 film There Will Be Blood , Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood worked on the score.
Last night, the first trailer from the film surfaced online, and as Pitchfork points out, that’s Newsom handling the narration. “If it’s a quiet night out at the beach and your ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up,” she begins, continuing, “with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend and his wife and her boyfriend and a plot to kidnap the billionaire and throw him in a loony bin … maybe you should just look the other way. But if you’re Doc, it may all start to get a little peculiar after that.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly after that introduction, the film is an adaptation of a novel by Thomas Pynchon. Joaquin Phoenix plays the lead role, supported by a formidable cast that includes Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro and Maya Rudolph.
“Doc may not be a do-gooder, but he’s done good,” Newsom says, to the strains of “Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke, as the trailer moves toward a close. “Good luck, Doc. Coming just in time for Christmas.”
Here, Newsom has done good, too. The film opens on December 12, according to its website. Only 72 shopping days left.