JK Simmons has joined the cast of Sheridan O’Donnell’s debut feature drama “Little Brother”, TheWrap has learned exclusively.
Previously announced tracks are Daniel Diemer (“The Half of It”) and Philip Ettinger (“The Evening Hour”). The film follows Jake and Pete Duffy (Diemer and Ettinger, respectively), who embark on a road trip after Pete’s recent suicide attempt.
Simmons will play Warren Duffy, the brother’s father. Filming is underway.
O’Donnell wrote the screenplay in memory of a deceased friend who committed suicide seven years ago.
“A filmmaker’s first feature is special, but the opportunity to work with such a revered actor is beyond words,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “As a director and lifelong fan, I couldn’t be more excited to work with JK on ‘Little Brother’.”
Made By Limbo by Chris Dodds is producing alongside 19 Twelve Films by Mary Haarmeyer and Keagan Karnes, and Circa 1888 by Dylan Matlock and JP Ouellette with the aim of a major film festival next year. David Moore, Calvin Francis and Nico Falls will serve as executive producers.
Simmons was recently seen alongside Chris Pratt in Amazon’s “The Tomorrow War” and will next be seen in “National Champions” this fall. Simmons won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2015 for his role in “Whiplash.” His other recent credits include “Palm Springs”, “21 Bridges”, “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, and “Justice League”.
Simmons is represented by Gersh and Wolf-Kasteler Public Relations.