Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons has joined Nicholas Hoult and Toni Collette in Juror No. 2, the legal thriller Clint Eastwood is directing for Warner Bros.
Shooting is currently underway in Atlanta.
In addition to Hoult and Collette, Gabriel Basso, Zoey Deutch, Leslie Bibb, Chris Messina and Kiefer Sutherland are on the call sheet.
Per the studio’s official logline, the script by Jonathan Abrams follows family man Justin Kemp (Hoult) who, while serving as a juror in a high-profile murder trial, finds himself struggling with a serious moral dilemma … one he could use to sway the jury verdict to potentially convict — or free — the wrong killer.
Simmons will play one of the jurors.
Collette is playing the prosecutor, Basso the accused, and Messina the public defender. Deutch is playing Hoult’s wife, while Sutherland is the lead’s AA sponsor.
On top of directing, Eastwood is producing via his production company Malpaso. Tim Moore and Jessica Meier of Malpaso and Dichotomy’s Adam Goodman and Matt Skiena are also producing.
Simmons won an Oscar for his portrayal of the hard-driving music professor in Damien Chazelle’s acclaimed drama Whiplash, one of the actor’s many accolades for the role. He earned an Oscar nomination for his work opposite Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem in 2021’s Being the Ricardos. He continues to lean into his audience-favorite role of Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson in various Spider-Man movies and voiced the character in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
The Gersh-repped actor next stars in You Can’t Run Forever, a thriller directed by his wife, Michelle Schumacher. He will also be seen in Netflix’s action thriller The Union alongside Mark Wahlberg and Halle Berry.