While we’ve had our issues with “Veep” there is no denying that the show features an unbelievable murderer’s row of comic talent, and probably the hardest job falls to Timothy Simons. He plays the monstrously tall Jonah, the White House aide who is often the target of Armando Ianucci‘s deadly one liner insults, while also being saddled with playing awkward, unlikeable and yet sympathetic all at once. But it seems he’s found a fan in Paul Thomas Anderson.
Simons has joined the continually growing cast of “Inherent Vice.” The movie, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, is a 1970s set story set in Los Angeles, that follows the inept, pot-smoking private detective Doc Sportello as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl, who also happens to be one of his ex-girlfriends. No word yet on Simons’ role, but he adds to a couple of folks who have joined in recent weeks including Peter McRobbie (as loan shark Adrian Prussia) and Sasha Pieterse (as runaway Japonica Fenway).
The trio add to the sprawling ensemble that includes Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Kevin J. O’Connor, Katherine Waterston and Sean Penn (possibly maybe). Shooting is now underway. [Deadline/UpAndComers/Vulture]