Esther Zuckerman
December 09, 2014 AT 10:17 PM EST

Welcome to the world of Inherent Vice: a new trailer sets the stage for Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming drug-fueled, California epic based on the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. 

In the trailer, the narrator (musician Joanna Newsom, who plays the “earth-goddess-like” Sortilège) explains that the movie takes us to the end of the 1960s when paranoia rules the day thanks to the likes of the “Charlie” Manson. “Everything’s gone from groovy to where you at man, suggesting a high level of fear or discomfort with he way things are headed,” the narrator explains. The movie follows Joaquin Phoenix’s almost slapstick private investigator “Doc” Sportello, and also stars Katherine Waterston, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, and many, many more.

The film opens in limited release this weekend, and will screen in select cities this coming Saturday. It goes wide Jan. 9.

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