J.K. Simmons Heads into Action for Luc Besson Produced 'The Lake'
by Ethan Anderton
March 23, 2015
Last year, Luc Besson brought us the action thriller Lucy, and director Steven Quale delivered the silly Into the Storm. Now the two are teaming up, for better or worse, for a new action thriller called The Lake. Besson will produce through his Europa Corp. production banner, and the project is said to be one of the most expensive projects they've taken on to date. Now Deadline reports J.K. Simmons, fresh off his Oscar win for Whiplash, has joined the supporting cast of the film which follows a group of Navy SEALs who attempt to solve an age-old mystery involving a treasure underneath a lake in war-torn Serbia. Sounds cool.
However, Simmons isn't one of the leads as he's taking the smaller role of the Rear Admiral and leathery boss to the Seals who doesn’t exactly approve of what his team is doing but supports them nevertheless. The SEAL team will be played by Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of the Empire), Charlie Bewley (Like Crazy) and Diarmaid Murtagh (Sons of Liberty), while a fourth SEAL still needs to be cast. Bewley is said to be playing the Stanton, who daydreams about what life would be like outside of the military while Murtagh will play Duffy, the more introspective of the group who has some mystery about him.
It's hard to say what we can expect from this film since Besson has done some cool stuff, but Quale is uninspiring behind the camera. Though this could be cool since this film is said to require a lot of underwater work and scuba training, which Quale is actually pretty skilled at having worked with James Cameron on films like Titanic and The Abyss (it's a shame he didn't pick up a few of his storytelling tricks as well). But maybe the script from The Equalizer writer Richard Wenk will help make this stand out. Anyway, we'll be curious to see how this turns out. The film is already slated for release late next summer on July 15th, 2016, so someone has faith in it. Interested?