Actor John Slattery has been flirting with a transition behind the camera for some time, directing 5 episodes of the hit series Mad Men where he plays ad exec Roger Sterling. God’s Pocket is Slattery’s highly anticipated feature directorial debut.
Some first images have emerged this week of the gritty drama, an adaptation by Slattery and scribe Alex Metcalf of the 1983 Pete Dexter (The Paperboy, Paris Trout) novel of the same name. The film stars Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) as the head of a South Philly construction company whose trouble-making stepson is found dead under mysterious circumstances on a job site. Hoffman’s character tries to cover up the story – and the body – but his wife and a nosy reporter from the local paper insist on answers.
God’s Pocket also stars Slattery’s co-star from Mad Men Christina Hendricks, as well as Richard Jenkins (White House Down, Killing Them Softly) , John Turturro (Barton Fink, Fading Gigolo), Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class) and Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan).
Philip Seymour Hoffman is producing under his Cooper’s Town Productions banner along with Park Pictures Features, Sam and Jackie Kelman Brisbee, Emily Ziff , John Slattery and Lance Accord.
God’s Pocket will makes its debut in the drama category of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.