Nicole Sperling
February 20, 2008 AT 11:00 AM EST

Philip Seymour Hoffman is trading the schlubby suits he sported in Charlie Wilson’s War for some groovy new duds: He’s in negotiations to play the role of irreverent, iconic DJ The Count in writer/director Richard Curtis’s (Bridget Jones’s Diary) The Boat That Rocked. The film recounts the true story of a British pirate radio station that operated from a boat in the North Sea when the BBC was only broadcasting two hours of pop music each week in the ’60s. Other Rocked stars include Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans, and January Jones. Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce the project for Universal Pictures. Filming is slated to begin in London on March 3.

addCredit(“Bill Nighy: Jon Furniss/WireImage.com; Phillip Seymour Hoffman: Shawn Ehlers/WireImage.com”)

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