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Johnny Simmons lands three new roles

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
April 26th, 2011

Though I was not a huge fan of SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, the film was unquestionably packed with a ton of up-and-coming talent. Such is the case with Johnny Simmons, who quite memorably played the relatively small role of Young Neil.

The young actor has now signed on for not just one, not even two, but three roles in buzzy titles. Simmons has accepted roles in Sony's 21 JUMP STREET film, Summit's adaptation THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, and independent title THE HAND JOB. Though all three films are quite different, they are also all interesting picks for Simmons. None of Simmons' roles have been specified in any of the projects as of yet.

21 JUMP STREET will co-star Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, and is set to be directed by duo Paul Lord and Chris Miller. With his young face, I suspect we will see Simmons as a "real" teenager who gets involved in with Tatum and Hill's undercover cops. Simmons will shoot JUMP STREET first.

Simmons will then take on THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, the adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's popular teen novel. Chbosky will also helm the film, which co-stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Paul Rudd. I am crossing my fingers and toes that Simmons will take on the role of Patrick, step-brother to Watson's character and close friend to Lerman's.

Simmons will last shoot THE HAND JOB, the comedy tour de force written by Maggie Carey, with a cast list including Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Donald Glover, and Aubrey Plaza.

Simmons can currently be seen in Robert Redford's THE CONSPIRATOR.

Source Variety

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