Samuel L. Jackson Joins Hailee Steinfeld in BARELY LETHAL; John Slattery to Direct Philip Seymour Hoffman in GOD’S POCKET

     May 15, 2013

We’ve got a couple of quick casting stories for you this afternoon.  First up Samuel L. Jackson is set to star opposite Hailee Steinfeld in the indie, Barely Lethal.  According to Variety, “the story follows a 16-year-old international assassin yearning for a “normal” adolescence who fakes her own death and enrolls as a senior in a suburban high school. Jackson will play her mentor who trains her in the program.”  I’m curious to see how director Kyle Newman will handle his follow-up to the surprisingly enjoyable, Fanboys.  I’m also interested to see how it will compare to the recent “teenage assassin” flick, Hanna, even though this is a comedy.

Hit the jump for news on John Slattery‘s directorial debut, God’s Pocket.

christina-hendricks-1Park Pictures has announced that Slattery will make his directing debut on the drama God’s Pocket.  Philip Seymour Hoffman will star as Mickey, a man who tries to cover up the “accidental” death of his crazy stepson but finds himself in deeper trouble when a local columnist starts investigating.  The excellent cast will also feature Slattery’s Mad Men co-star Christina Hendricks alongside Richard Jenkins and John Turturro.

Here’s the press release:

Philip Seymour Hoffman Set to Star
In John Slattery’s “God’s Pocket”

Film Marks Slattery’s Feature Directorial Debut
And Co-Stars
Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro

Park Pictures Features Will Produce In Partnership with
 Cooper’s Town Productions and Shoestring Pictures

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15, 2013 — Park Pictures Features announced today Academy Award®-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, is set to star in God’s Pocket, the upcoming film directorial debut from Emmy®-nominee John Slattery. Slattery adapted the screenplay with Alex Metcalf from the novel by National Book Award Winning author Pete Dexter.  Academy Award®-nominee Richard Jenkins, Emmy Award®-nominee Christina Hendricks and award winning actor John Turturro will co-star.  Jay Cohen of Gersh will handle all film sales.

Park Pictures Features will produce the film in partnership with Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions and Slattery’s Shoestring Pictures, which makes its producing debut with this film. Acclaimed director/cinematographer Lance Acord has signed on to shoot the film, which will be produced by Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Slattery, Lance Acord and Galt Niederhoffer, for Park Pictures and Emily Ziff and Hoffman for Cooper’s Town. The film will be executive produced by Wendy Neu and White Hat Entertainment’s Danny Rifkin, Tom Valerio, Rick Rifkin and Bill Perry.  Sara Murphy of Cooper’s Town will co-produce, with Theodora Dunlap and Erika Hampson of Park Pictures Features.

Set in the gritty blue-collar neighborhood of God’s Pocket, Mickey’s crazy stepson Leon is killed in a construction ‘accident’ and Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. Mickey finds himself stuck in a life and death struggle between a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please and a debt he can’t pay.

Producer Sam Bisbee commented, “We are thrilled to have Philip Seymour Hoffman and this incredible cast onboard to help us bring John Slattery’s beautiful film to life.”

Emily Ziff and Sara Murphy said in a joint statement, “God’s Pocket is our kind of film. We at Cooper’s Town have long been fans of John Slattery’s work and Phil is honored to be a part of telling this one-of-a-kind story.”

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