Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro to co-star.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is set to star in ‘God’s Pocket,’ the upcoming film directorial debut from actor John Slattery (‘Mad Men,’ ‘In Our Nature,’ ‘Iron Man 2’).

Penned by Slattery and Alex Metcalf, the film is based on the 1983 novel by Pete Dexter and is set in the gritty blue-collar neighbourhood of God’s Pocket. When his crazy stepson Leon is killed in a construction ‘accident,’ Mickey (Hoffman) 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.

Richard Jenkins (‘The Cabin in the Woods,’ ‘Jack Reacher’), Christina Hendricks (‘Made Men,’ ‘Drive’) and John Turturro (‘Fading Gigolo,’ ‘Gods Behaving Badly’) are attached to co-star.

Park Pictures Features will produce the film in partnership with Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions and Slattery’s Shoestring Pictures, which makes its producing debut with this film.