“Bastards” marks the directorial debut of cinematographer Larry Sher (the “Hangover” films). Principal photography is set to start in Atlanta and Miami in September, with Warner Bros. releasing the film through Alcon’s output deal.
Simmons and former pro football player Bradshaw, who will play himself, join the cast as potential father figures to Wilson and Helms’ characters — who are brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father.
Simmons won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his performance in “Whiplash” and recently appeared in Paramount’s “Terminator Genisys.” His upcoming projects include “The Accountant” for Warner Bros. and Lionsgate’s “La La Land,” where he will reteam with “Whiplash” director Damien Chazelle.
Bradshaw is a sports television analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday.
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Alcon is financing “Bastards” and producing with Montecito Picture Company, whose Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock and Ali Bell will produce along with Alcon’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Chris Fenton and Chris Coles are exec producing. Justin Malen (“Bad Teacher 2”) wrote the screenplay.
Simmons is repped by the Gersh Agency. Bradshaw is repped by WME.