J K Simmons to play a murderous sociopath in The Woods

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The thriller The Woods will see JK Simmons being suitably scary, just the way we like him: more details here.

We’ll watch JK Simmons whatever he’s in, let’s be clear about that from the outset. Whether he’s doing exasperated spook (Burn After Reading), bemused father (Juno), sinister, murderous father (Invincible) or anything else on the acting spectrum, we’re in.

With that said, Simmons is always supremely watchable when he’s being menacing. Whether he’s playing J Jonah Jameson, frothing at the mouth in the Spider-Man films, or bullying young musicians in Whiplash, Simmons does barely-contained rage as well as anybody in the business.

Now the actor gets a chance to take that rage to the next level, with the announcement that he will play a maniac on the loose in the upcoming thriller, The Woods. Written and directed by Michelle Schumacher (and co-scripted by Carolyn Carpenter), The Woods follows a ‘teenage girl suffering from anxiety due to a tragic event from her past who finds herself hunted through the woods by a sociopath on a murderous rampage.’

Simmons states that :”I didn’t want to play any truly scary bad guys when our kids were young, partly because of how it might affect them if they saw the film and also because I didn’t want to bring that energy home with me after an intense day on the set.’

Now the kids are all grown up, we wonder if we’ll see Simmons take on more dark roles of this nature. We certainly won’t be complaining. We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it.


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