J.K. Simmons will headline Counterpart," an espionage thriller from Starz, Variety reports.
The Oscar-winning "Whiplash" actor will play Howard Silk, who works a menial job in a bureaucratic UN agency, which he discovers guards a secret gateway to a parallel universe. As Silk begins to work with his counterpart in the parallel universe, the show explores themes of identity, idealism, what ifs, and lost love.
Morten Tyldum, who helmed the Oscar-winning "The Imitation Game," will direct the first two episodes. Justin Marks ("The Jungle Book") created the series and will write it.