Movies New Fireworks in 'The Master' By David Weiner 11:59 AM PDT, June 19, 2012 The Weinstein Company A new clip from director Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated The Master has been released, this time cracking open the Pandora's Box of Philip Seymour Hoffman's character. Video: Joaquin Phoenix in 'The Master' Set in the '50s, Hoffman plays a charismatic intellectual known as "The Master" who launches his own religion, a character reportedly based on L. Ron Hubbard and his controversial Scientology."I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher," says Hoffman in the clip. "But, above all, I am a man. Hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you." Video: Tom Cruise Clears Up Scientology RumorsJoaquin Phoenix plays a World War II vet and drifter who becomes Hoffman's "inspiration" and right-hand man. Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons and David Warshovsky also star in the film, scheduled for an October release.