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JK Simmons Is Extremely JK Simmons In The Trailer For Kidnapping Comedy "All Nighter"

The Oscar winner's Liam Neeson turn begins now.

JK Simmons Is Extremely JK Simmons In The Trailer For Kidnapping Comedy "All Nighter"

WHAT: The first trailer for All Nighter, a tonally-mixed comedy/action thriller about a no-nonsense dad who teams up with his daughter's hipster ex-boyfriend to try to find her on a night she's gone missing.

WHO: JK Simmons plays the no-nonsense dad (obviously), while Emile Hirsch gets a rare lead in a studio picture as the ex-boyfriend. Kristen Schaal and Jon Daly help round out the cast.

WHY WE CARE: Simmons' transition from "captivating supporting player" to "guy who can carry a movie" has been a long time coming, but it looks like it's finally finished. Simmons plays stern, no-nonsense tough guys whose approval younger men seek better than anybody alive. Whether he's J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man, the sociopathic Fletcher in Whiplash (for which he won on Oscar), or, well, basically any other role he's ever had—so it's about time someone gave him a vehicle that utilizes that unique skill fully. Paired with Emile Hirsch and surrounded with funny people like Schaal and Daly sets him up to shine in a movie that looks to be about 50% Why Him? and 50% Taken—and while it'd be a waste of Simmons' prodigious talent to see him go the full Liam Neeson, a nod to that kind of role looks like it'll be pretty satisfying.

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