John Slattery Set to Direct Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'God's Pocket'
Most entertainment gurus will know actor John Slattery for his role as Roger Sterling on the AMC drama series "Mad Men," but soon he might be making a name for himself as a film director. While Slattery has directed a handful of episodes of the aforementioned Emmy-winning series, the actor is looking to make his film directing debut with God's Pocket, an adaptation of Pete Dexter's novel, scripted by lower profile writer Alex Metcalf. And for his first directing gig, Variety reports one hell of a cast is turning out, including Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead and Richard Jenkins and John Turturro in supporting roles.
In addition, Slattery's "Mad Men" co-star Christina Hendricks also has a role in the film which is set in a blue collar neighborhood called God's Pocket. The story follows a man who tries to cover up his step-son's death in a construction accident, but a local reporter comes snooping around for answers, and things just get worse from there. It's not clear what roles the supporting stars will be taking, but Hoffman is definitely in the lead, which already guarantees my full attention. And if Slattery can hold his own directing episodes of an acclaimed series like "Mad Men" then this should be no problem. Sound good?