Actress to play Philip Seymour Hoffman's wife in religious pic

Before Amy Adams flies to Superman’s hometown of Metropolis as Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” the Oscar-nominated thesp will head to Sacramento where she’ll play Philip Seymour Hoffman’s wife in Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled religious drama.

Hoffman stars as a charismatic intellectual who, after witnessing the horrors of WWII, creates a belief system designed to catch on with other lost souls in post-war America. Joaquin Phoenix co-stars as an alcoholic drifter who becomes his right-hand man and disciple.

The tenets of the faith closely mirror those of Scientology.

As first reported by Variety, “Friday Night Lights” thesp Jesse Plemons and veteran character actor David Warshofsky have also joined the cast, along with Laura Dern and Swedish thesp Lena Endre (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”).

The Weinstein Company has worldwide distriubution rights to the Annapurna Pictures-financed period pic, which starts production later this month.

Anderson and his longtime producing partners JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi will produce through Anderson’s Ghoulardi Film Co., along with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Ted Schipper is exec producing.

Adams, who was last seen in “The Fighter,” next stars in Disney’s “The Muppets” and Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel “On the Road,” which is expected to land domestic distribution shortly.

Adams is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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