Philip Seymour Hoffman Books TV Gig With Showtime's Comedy Pilot


Philip Seymour Hoffman


The 'Moneyball' actor will also executive produce dark comedy 'Trending Down', which is dubbed 'a blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture.'

Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed up for Showtime's "Trending Down". The Oscar-winning actor is set to star in and executive produce the comedy pilot created by Shalom Auslander ("This American Life").

The pilot is described as "a blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture, and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not." Hoffman will play main character Thom Payne, a man facing his own obsolescence after his advertising agency is taken over.

Official announcement about the project is expected to be delivered during Lifetime's presentation at the TCA summer press tour. Kathryn Hahn's inclusion in the cast ensemble is likely to be confirmed as well, with the actress nabbing the role of Lee Payne, Thom's wife.

Hoffman, whose acting in 2012's "The Master" earned him numerous awards and nominations, will executive produce the pilot along with Auslander, Emily Ziff, Ken Kwapis and Alexandra Beattie. Should Showtime move forward with the comedy, it will mark the "Mission: Impossible III" star's first series regular gig.

The 46-year-old actor/director will next be seen starring as Plutarch Heavensbee in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and as Gunther Bachmann in "A Most Wanted Man".

© AceShowbiz.com


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