Imagine it: Your beloved girlfriend goes missing. You have no idea where she is and who she is with or what she’s doing. Suddenly, her probably kind of uptight father shows up—just for a quick visit, hey, daughter!—and you not only have to explain to him that Girlfriend/Daughter is missing, but the two of you soon set out together to find her. Also, her father is J.K. Simmons. This sounds pretty nightmarish, right? Don’t worry—it’s a comedy.
ComingSoon reports that Simmons and Emile Hirsch (as said jilted, sad, confused boyfriend) are teaming up for Gavin Wiesen’s The Runaround, a comedy about a pair of mismatched men attempting to locate their No. 1 girl after she’s gone quite curiously missing. The outlet shares that the film centers on “a globe-trotting, workaholic father (Simmons) trying to visit his daughter on a last minute layover in Los Angeles discovers that she’s disappeared, he forces her awkward, nervous ex-boyfriend (Hirsch), still nursing a broken heart, to help him find her over the course of one increasingly crazy night.”
A “one crazy night” tale starring Simmons and Hirsch? Sounds kind of brilliant, actually, but we’re a little bummed that Miles Teller didn’t snag the Hirsch role—those two deserve to have a little fun together post-Whiplash.
Wiesen previously directed 2011’s The Art Of Getting By, which saw Freddie Highmore as a charmingly troubled teen who almost flunks out of high school, only to be saved by a popular fellow student (Emma Roberts) who takes a shine to him and encourages him to put a little effort into his life. (The feature was originally called Homework, because it was about, well, homework.) The script for The Runaround comes from Seth W. Owen, who recently wrote Morgan, that creepy sci-fi feature that is currently locking down an excellent cast (including Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, and Toby Jones).
The film will reportedly start shooting in Los Angeles in July. The Solution Entertainment Group will be handling international rights for the film at this month’s Cannes Film Market.