‘The Master’ converts 2 thesps

Josh Close, Fiona Dourif board Paul Thomas Anderson's religious drama

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Thomas Anderson’s religious drama “The Master” just picked up a pair of late converts in Josh Close and Fiona Dourif.

Currently shooting in Sacramento, pic also stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.

Hoffman plays a man who begins a faith-based belief system that closely resembles Scientology. Close will play a leading disciple, while Dourif’s role wasn’t disclosed.

Anderson wrote the pic and is directing. JoAnne Sellar, John Lesher, Bill Pohlad and Megan Ellison producing. Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures will finance with The Weinstein Company handling worldwide distribution.

Close most recently wrote, produced and starred in “The Replicas” also starring Selma Blair and James D’Arcy.

Dourif, daughter of Oscar winner Brad Dourif, will soon be seen in a recurring role on HBO’s “True Blood” as a witch. She previously had recurring roles on the pay cabler’s “Deadwood” and on the FX miniseries “Thief.” Earlier this year, thesp co-starred in the Sundance pic “Letters From the Big Man.”

Close is repped by Buchwald & Associates and Untitled Entertainment; Dourif is repped by Innovative Artists and Juliet Green Management.

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