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J.K. Simmons and former NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw have joined Ed Helms and Owen Wilson in Alcon Entertainment’s upcoming comedy Bastards.
Larry Sher, the cinematographer of the Hangover comedies, is making his directorial debut with the project, which is heading toward a September start in Atlanta and Miami.
The script by Justin Malen centers on two brothers (played by Helms and Wilson) whose mother slept with many, many, many famous men in the 1970s heyday of the Studio 54 scene. When they find out that their biological father is still alive, the two hit the road to find him.
Simmons and Bradshaw will play potential father figures to the duo, with Bradshaw playing himself.
Simmons won an Oscar for his work in last year’s Whiplash and will be seen in The Accountant alongside Ben Affleck. He will also reteam with his Whiplash director, Damien Chazelle, for the filmmaker’s latest project, La La Land, which stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
Bradshaw is currently an Emmy-winning sports TV analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday.
Alcon is financing Bastards, and the company’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Montecito’s Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock and Ali Bell.
Simmons is repped by Gersh. Bradshaw is repped by WME.
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