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Showtime’s ‘Trending Down’: ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Star Rhys Ifans to Boss Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Earlier this year we learned that ‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘ baddie Rhys Ifans would take his talents to the small screen as Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, on ‘Elementary,’ but the one-time ‘Danny Deckchair’ star seems to have set his sights on a more permanent home. Ifans will join Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn on Showtime’s buzzworthy new drama ‘Trending Down,’ but will he be the one to put Hoffman in his place?

Showtime describes ‘Trending Down’ as “a blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not,” while Hoffman will play the leading role of Thom Payne, who finds himself adrift when his advertising agency is taken over. Kathryn Hahn will play Payne’s wife Lee, while Deadline reveals that Ifans will portray Payne’s boss.

‘This American Life’ contributor and author Shalom Auslander created the series and will write and executive produce alongside Hoffman. ‘Trending Down’ marks the first comedy pilot pickup for Showtime this year, differentiating itself from such dramatic offerings as Kyle Chandler’s religious drama ‘The Vatican’ and Dominic West-starring marital drama ‘The Affair.’

Both Hoffman and Ifans lend a considerable amount of cinematic prestige to ‘Trending Down,’ so who do you think might be the next feature star to make the leap to premium cable?

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