When Robert Downey Jr. decided to drop out of 'Oz, the Great and Powerful' last month, the popular actor found himself with an opening in his normally jam-packed schedule. According to THR, he's planning to fill that void by possibly starring in P.T. Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel 'Inherent Vice.'

Anderson has been hard at work adapting the novel while he continues to attempt to get his religious-themed 'The Master' off the ground. Philp Seymour Hoffman is tied to that film, which is still looking for funding.

Should Downey Jr. take the role, he'll play a stoner detective (kinda like Sherlock Holmes!) who gets embroiled in a series of mysteries in Los Angeles. The novel takes place during 1969 and the Manson trial serves as part of the story's backdrop. Sources say the novel is more accessible than the standard Pynchon tale, which will hopefully make its transition to the screen a smooth one.

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