LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 13, 2015 - Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw and are set to join Ed Helms and Owen Wilson in the feature comedy BASTARDS, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
BASTARDS is the directorial debut of veteran cinematographer Larry Sher (The Hangover films). Principal photography is set to start in Atlanta this September. The film will be released by Warner Bros. via Alcon's output deal.
Simmons and Bradshaw who plays himself join the cast as potential father figures to Wilson and Helms' characters. The film focuses on the two brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father, learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.
Johnson and Kosove state: "We are thrilled that Terry Bradshaw and J.K. Simmons are joining the cast. As two of the potential fathers in the film, they both add a perfect comedic touch to an already hilarious script."
Following his 2015 Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actor in Sony Pictures Classics' Whiplash, J.K. Simmons recently starred in Paramount's Terminator Genisys. His upcoming projects include Warner Bros.' January 2016 drama The Accountant where he will star alongside Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck as well as Lionsgate's La La Land, where he will reteam with his Academy Award nominated Whiplash director Damien Chazelle and star with Emma Stone and Ryan Gossling, for release July 2016.
Bradshaw is currently a sports television analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday. In addition to his football and broadcasting career, Bradshaw recorded gospel and country albums and appeared in several feature films including Paramount's blockbuster romantic comedy Failure to Launch. Bradshaw has written five books and became a New York Times best-selling author with his acclaimed autobiography, It's Only a Game in 2001.
Alcon is financing BASTARDS and producing with Montecito Picture Company, whose Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock and Ali Bell will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Chris Fenton and Chris Coles are executive producing. Justin Malen (Bad Teacher 2) wrote the screenplay.
Simmons is repped by The Gersh Agency.
Bradshaw is repped by Ira Stahlberger at WME.