Seeing as he’s one of the senior partners at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce ad agency, John Slattery’s Mad Men character, Roger Sterling, is very used to being in charge of a crew of people. And now that Slattery himself has directed four episodes of the acclaimed show on which he acts, he too is starting to get a feel for being in charge. It makes sense, then, that he would eventually want to put his leadership skills to the test and make the step up to directing a feature film, and Deadline is reporting that he’s all set to do just that.
The film is called God’s Pocket, and it’s an adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel about a blue collar neighborhood that Slattery co-adapted alongside Alex Metcalf. More than even its director or the content of its story though, God’s Pocket is notable because of the outstanding cast that it’s already assembled.
According to the report coming out of Cannes, Slattery has Philip Seymour Hoffman signed on to star as the film’s main character, and in addition to that complete coup, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, and John Turturro are all on board to play roles in the film as well. Hoffman’s name speaks for itself, anybody who knows anything about character actors has to love Jenkins and Turturro, and anyone who’s seen her work on things like Mad Men or even Firefly know what an underutilized actress Hendricks is, so this would be a project worth checking no matter what it was about.
In order to get a little bit better of an idea what Slattery and his crew have in store for us though, let’s turn to the Amazon description for Dexter’s novel to learn more about the plot. It reads, “Young Leon Hubbard was arrogant and near psychotic. So when he was killed on a South Philadelphia construction site, everyone who knew him wanted to bury the bad news with the body. All, that is, except two–Leon’s mother and the local columnist for the common man.” Deadline’s report named Hoffman as playing the boy’s stepfather who does the burying, Mickey, so might we take the description of the novel to mean that Hendricks will be playing the boy’s mother and Turturro the enterprising reporter? Possibly, but don’t quote us on it. We’re just rolling with the punches here.