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Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, Kelly MacDonald for Steve Buscemi's 'Queer'

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Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson in Boardwalk Empire

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Guy Pearce, Ben Foster and Kelly MacDonald have been cast in Steve Buscemi's film adaptation of Queer.

Buscemi will direct the script penned by Oren Moverman, reports Paste.

Moverman apparently said that he hopes filming for Queer will start when Buscemi wraps the next season of Boardwalk Empire.

Queer is based on William S Burroughs's short novel which was released in 1985 - more than 30 years after Burroughs wrote it.

The story follows William Lee, who lives in Mexico amongst expatriates in the 1940s. Desperate for human contact and to satisfy his sexual needs, Lee tries to seduce Eugene Allerton, who is disinterested in Lee's advances but eventually becomes his reluctant lover as they travel to Ecuador in search of the drug Yage.

Earlier this year, Buscemi won 'Best Actor' in the drama category at the Golden Globes for his role of Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson on Boardwalk Empire.

The actor previously confessed that he couldn't believe he was offered the chance to play Nucky.

Buscemi along with Olivia Wilde are in talks to join Steve Carell-starring comedy Burt Wonderstone.

Watch a Boardwalk Empire season two teaser below:

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