USA Today has revealed that Dustin Hoffman will wear a number of hats on the upcoming movie Personal Injuries, based off the book written by Scott Turow. Not only will he direct for the first time in thirty years (pic will mark his first credited directorial effort; previously, he was an uncredited director on the 1978 flick Straight Time), but Hoffman will also star, produce and co-write the script. While a Writers Guild strike might delay the start of production, Hoffman hopes to have the film in theaters next June. Currently, there's no word on other cast members, but look for Hoffman to line up a group of A-listers for this legal thriller.

Originally penned by Turow (Presumed Innocent), Personal Injuries centers on one of them ambulance chasers (aka personal-injury attorneys) who's sort of forced (due to his own illegal activities) to cooperate with the FBI on their investigation into a corrupt judiciary scheme. Along the way, the Feds assign a female agent (one that's carrying her own batch of secrets) to watch over our personal-injury attorney and, as they say, the plot thickens from there. This isn't the first time Hoffman has dabbled in a legal flick; he also played an attorney in Runaway Jury, as well as Sleepers, and played a father fighting for custody of his son through the court system in Kramer vs. Kramer. He's always shined in roles that have him playing a quirky professional battling all kinds of demons -- and this one certainly sounds like a perfect fit. Anyone read the book? What do you think about Hoffman playing the main character?