Christina Hendricks and John Slattery are partnering up once again.
Slattery announced on Wednesday the official start of his debut as a feature film director. The four-time Emmy nominee is getting behind the camera to adapt the 1983 novel God’s Pocket, by Pete Dexter. Philip Seymour Hoffman will take the lead, with John Turturro, Richard Jenkins and Hendricks co-starring.
Slattery will only be directing, not acting.
The book is set in a working class neighborhood in Philadelphia, where the stepson of a local named Mickey is killed in a construction site accident. Mickey tries to bury the evidence, but a local columnist begins to poke around, which only leads to domestic and legal drama.
Slattery has directed five episodes of Mad Men, including two this season. The book he’s adapting sounds as far away as possible from the penthouse of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, but Sterling has experience with working class material, having just starred as a logger in the independent film Bluebird, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last month.
Hendricks is currently filming another actor’s directorial debut: Ryan Gosling’s How to Catch a Monster.
Hendricks and Slattery, of course, have quite a history when it comes to working together.