Philip Seymour Hoffman joins Christina Hendricks in God's Pocket

Philip Seymour Hoffman

If I was a recognizable character actor, popular for my portrayal of a drunk ad exec on ‘Mad Men’ and I wanted to break into the world of feature directing and screenwriting, I can’t think of a better actor to have lead my first effort than Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Because no matter how bad you write or how many mistakes you make, Hoffman is going to make you look good because he can deliver any line of dialogue like it’s Shakespeare.  It seems John Slattery feels the same way as he’s just assembled a great cast to lead his adaptation of Pete Dexter’s novel GOD’S POCKET.

But Philip Seymour Hoffman isn’t he only big name signing on for Roger Sterling’s debut.  He’s also tapped his ‘Mad Men’ co-star Christina Hendricks, along with Richard Jenkins and John Turturro.  GOD’S POCKET will mark John Slattery’s directorial debut and he’ll also be adapting the screenplay.  There’s no word yet on when production will start.

The official synopsis for GOD’S POCKET: Set in the gritty blue-collar neighborhood of God’s Pocket, Mickey’s crazy stepson Leon is killed in a construction ‘accident’ and Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. Mickey finds himself stuck in a life and death struggle between a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please and a debt he can’t pay.

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