JK Simmons, Simon Pegg to Star in Comedy Heist Thriller ‘My Only Sunshine’

Toronto 2019: Film directed by Mark Palansky will be introduced to buyers at the festival next month

Last Updated: August 27, 2019 @ 9:01 AM

Simon Pegg and J.K. Simmons are set to star in Mark Palansky’s comedy heist thriller “My Only Sunshine,” which will be introduced to buyers at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

“My Only Sunshine” was written by J.T. Petty and K. Reed Petty and is produced by Circle of Confusion’s Matt Smith and Lawrence Mattis, and Michael Mendelsohn from Patriot Pictures. Executive producers are Natalie Perrotta and Jim Steele. XYZ will handle worldwide sales at TIFF and co-represent with ICM partners. The film is supposed to begin production this fall.

The film follows a dysfunctional couple that orchestrates a bank robbery as a form or marriage counseling. A violent hostage situation makes the pair confront their marital problems.

Pegg is best known for his roles in the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises, and he also most recently starred in “Lost Transmissions.” He can next be seen in the series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.” He is represented by UTA, Dawn Sedgwick Management and Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush Kaller & Gellman LLP.

Simmons won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Whiplash.” He also was most recently seen in “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and will next be seen in “21 Bridges” for STX. He is represented by Gersh.

Palansky directed “Penelope” starring Christina Ricci, Richard E. Grant and Catherine O’HAra, as well as “Rememory” starring Peter Dinklage. He is repped by ICM Partners and McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP.

“Such a gifted director and a cast of talented actors to lead this creative endeavor,” said financier and producer Mendelsohn. “This original, riveting, and hilarious storyline will captivate audiences.”