AFM: J.K. Simmons to Star in 'The Bachelors'

JK Simmons

J.K. Simmons won an Oscar his supporting role as an abusive music instructor in Whiplash.


The 'Whiplash' Oscar winner will play a recently widowed dad who moves to a new city with his 17-year-old son.

Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) has signed on to star in The Bachelors, a dramedy from writer-director Kurt Voelker (Sweet November).

Simmons will play a recently widowed dad who moves to the city with his estranged 17-year-old son. They both start up new romances and begin to bond when those relationships are tested. Shooting on The Bachelors is planned for spring 2016 in Los Angeles.

Fortitude International is handling foreign rights to The Bachelors and will kick off sales at the AFM this week. Fortitude co-founders Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum and Nadine de Barros made the casting announcement Tuesday.

The Gersh Agency is representing rights for North America.

The project reteams Simmons with Voelker, as the actor was part of the voice cast on the director's upcoming animated feature Rock Dog. Matthew Baer (Unbroken) and George Parra (David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and Joy) are producing The Bachelors, with Jennifer Kelly as executive producer.

Simmons and Voelker both are repped by The Gersh Agency.

Fortitude's slate at AFM this year includes the Keanu Reeves starrer Daughter of GodUrge, starring Pierce Brosnan; and presales title Backstabbing for Beginners, starring Ben Kingsley and Josh Hutcherson.