Downey Jr to play drug detective in `Inherent Vice`

Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 10:36 AM IST

London: Robert Downey Jr is reportedly in talks to take on the lead role of a drug detective in `Inherent Vice`. reports that "Inherent Vice" is adapted from the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel. It is about a drug-addled detective which will be role played by Downey Jr.

It focuses on Downey Jr.`s character Larry, who finds himself caught up in a mystery - when he is asked by an ex-girlfriend to help her lover - the real estate mogul Mickey Wolfmann, from being sent to a mental institution by his scheming wife.

The film will be written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.