Philip Seymour Hoffman Joins Showtime Pilot ‘Trending Down’

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By Jethro Nededog

Philip Seymour Hoffman has joined Showtime’s dark comedy pilot, “Trending Down,” TheWrap has learned.

Expected to be announced officially at Showtime’s TCA Press Tour panel on Tuesday, Hoffman will play the lead role of Thom Payne, a man dealing with becoming obsolete when his advertising agency is taken over.

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.”

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Written by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander, the dark comedy was developed by Kwapis and Beattie.

Hoffman and producing partner Emily Ziff will executive produce under their company, Cooper’s Town Productions along with Ken Kwapis (“Outsourced,” “The Office”) and co-EP Alexandra Beattie producing under their In Cahoots banner.

Hoffman stars in “The Hunger Games” movie franchise as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. His movie credits also include “Moneyball” and “Almost Famous,” among many others.

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This is Showtime’s third pilot pickup and first comedy alongside drama pilots “The Vatican” and “The Affair.” It has also given a series order to “Penny Dreadful.”

Hoffman is represented by Greenberg Glusker.

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