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John Slattery Is Directing Christina Hendricks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a Movie

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03:  Actor John Slattery attends The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit Honoring Quentin Tarantino at MOMA on December 3, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images) John Slattery, the man planning to direct your new favorite movie.

John Slattery, who has helmed a few great Mad Men episodes (including last Sunday's terrific, eminently GIFable installment), will make his feature debut directing Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and his AMC co-star Christina Hendricks. Once you've stopped reeling at the idea of that cast, you may want to consider the film itself: It's an adaptation of God's Pocket, a Pete Dexter novel Slattery tackled for the screen alongside Alex Metcalf (An American Affair). The story takes place in the "blue-collar neighborhood of God’s Pocket, where the lead character tries to cover up his stepson’s death in a construction accident. When a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse." In a GQ interview in early 2012, Slattery offhandedly mentioned adapting the book — it's been in this correspondent's Amazon wishlist ever since. Time to press Buy.

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/2012 Getty Images