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Philip Seymour Hoffman to Direct Ezekiel Moss

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman attends "The Master" Premiere during The 69th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on September 1, 2012 in Venice, Italy.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who just debuted a cornerstone role of his career as The Master, will soon slide out of the spotlight for a minute to direct Ezekiel Moss. The gothic-tinted tale takes place in the Great Depression and focuses on an imaginative youngster and "a mysterious drifter who may have the ability to communicate with the dead." Hoffman last directed in 2010, making Jack Goes Boating; he's currently filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, where he'll play Plutarch Heavensbee.

Photo: Gareth Cattermole/2012 Getty Images