After being bumped around for a while due to script and budget issues, Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated drama The Master — his first feature since 2007's There Will Be Blood — finally gets its first teaser trailer.

Alleged to be loosely inspired by Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard, the story revolves around a "charismatic intellectual" who starts a cult called "The Cause" in the aftermath of World War II.

Philip Seymour Hoffman played cult leader Lancaster Dodd (AKA "The Master"), and Joaquin Phoenix stars as his right-hand acolyte Freddie Quell, a drifter who "finds himself questioning the belief system and his mentor" as The Cause expands.


Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Rami Malek, Ambyr Childers, and Jesse Plemons also star.

A release date has been set for October 12, 2012.