J.K. Simmons is heading back to television.
The Oscar winner, who starred as LAPD Assistant Chief of Operations Will Pope on all seven seasons of TNT’s flagship drama series The Closer, has been set as the lead in Counterpart, a supernatural drama series which has landed at premium cable network Starz, Deadline reports.
Counterpart follows Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic UN agency who is turning the last corner of a life filled with regret, when he discovers the agency he works for is guarding a secret: a crossing to a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his counterpart on the other side (known as Prime) the show will navigate themes of identity, idealism, what ifs, and lost love.
The supernatural drama was created by Justin Marks and is being eyed for a two-season pick up, though the exact size of the order is still being worked out. Media Rights Capital, the independent production company behind Netflix’s House Of Cards and Starz’s upcoming Patrick Stewart fronted comedy series Blunt Talk, is producing. Morten Tyldum is attached to direct and will executive produce alongside Justin Marks, J.K. Simmons, Bard Dorros, Keith Redmon, Jordan Horowitz and Gary Gilbert.
With the series order, Counterpart joins a growing line up at Starz which includes Da Vinci’s Demons, Outlander, Blunt Talk, Ash Vs. Evil Dead , Flesh And Bone, Black Sails, One Percent and The Girlfriend Experience. The network also co-produces the BBC One series The Missing, which has been renewed for a second season. Counterpart is expected to enter production later this year for a 2016 premiere.
J.K. Simmons, repped by Gersh, recently won an Oscar for Whiplash. The actor is understood to have been approached about reprising his role as Will Pope for a couple of episodes on The Closer spin-off Major Crimes. His other television credits include the short-lived ABC comedy Family Tools, TBS’ Men At Work and NBC’s Growing Up Fisher.