Shannyn Sossamon, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Lara Flynn Boyle, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mark Webber and Tony Plana are joining the cast of the indie drama, Life Is Hot in Cracktown.

Written and directed by Buddy Giovinazzo, the urban drug-addiction film is based on his 1993 collection of short stories. The Hollywood Reporter notes Sossamon will play a woman faced with the challenges of raising her sick child and supporting a husband (Victor Rasuk) who runs a drug-infested tenement building. Nicholas plays a rookie cop who relies on a street-toughened vet (Curtis-Hall) to show him the ropes.

Webber plays a transvestite prostitute, and Kerry Washington plays a transgender co-worker. Boyle plays Betty McBain, a cruel whore who leads a man off to find a missing girl; Plana plays an alcoholic, and Edoardo Ballerini also appears as an abusive boyfriend in a neighborhood that has been ravaged by crack and crime.

A production schedule has not been scheduled for Life Is Hot in Cracktown.