Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Joins Luc Besson Action Thriller ‘The Lake’
Luc Besson is responsible for making Liam Neeson the action hero we all know and love, and it looks like he could possibly do the same for J.K. Simmons with The Lake — which will sadly not be directed by Besson, though he provided the screenplay. The Oscar-winning actor has joined the cast of Besson’s latest action thriller alongside 300: Rise of an Empire star Sullivan Stapleton.
Simmons has been quite busy lining up projects following his acclaimed performance in last year’s Whiplash, which earned him both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his supporting performance. According to Variety, the newest project added to Simmons’ to-do list is Besson’s The Lake, which has also just added Twilight’s Charlie Bewley and Dracula Untold’s Diarmaid Murtaugh (what a name).
The Lake centers on a group of Navy SEALs who try to locate the hidden treasure buried at the bottom of a lake in war-torn Serbia. Stapleton plays the lead in the film, which was written by Besson and Richard Wenk (The Equalizer, Southpaw). The Lake will be directed by Into the Storm director Steven Quale and is set for release on July 15, 2016.