Recent Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has signed on to co-star alongside Emile Hirsch in a new buddy comedy set to begin filming this summer. The new project is called The Runaround. It’s about a workaholic father, played by Simmons, who decides to go visit his daughter while on a layover in Los Angeles, only to discover that she has disappeared. Enter Emile Hirsch, Simmons’ daughter’s boyfriend, who Simmons then teams up with to find his missing daughter over the course of one night. Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel had the following to say about the casting for the upcoming comedy, “The producers have assembled a top-notch cast including J.K. Simmons, who is on everyone’s wish list after wowing audiences everywhere with his Oscar-winning performance in Whiplash, and the versatile Emile Hirsch on board. The script is a wildly entertaining ride from start to finish and we can’t wait to bring this film to audiences.”
The Runaround won’t be Simmon’s first gaunt into the comedy genre. The actor has done guest spots on The Simpsons, loud mouthed Daily Bugle Editor-in-Chief J. Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and most recently, he starred in the short-lived NBC comedy Growing up Fisher, a situational comedy about family life in which Simmons played a blind father and lawyer. And, who can forget those Farmers Insurance commercials right? Other upcoming projects for Simmons include a new Starz series called Counterpart, the upcoming Terminator: Genisys film, and The Accountant, also starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick. Simmons is currently filming The Meddler with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne.