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Lightyears - J.K. Simmons To Replace Ed O’Neill in Amazon Sci-Fi Series

Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) is set as the co-lead opposite fellow Oscar winner Sissy Spacek in Amazon’s genre-bending drama series Lightyears, a co-production between Amazon Studios and Legendary Television. Simmons replaces Ed O’Neillm who originally was cast as the male lead in the project but exited for family reasons.

Simmons’ Franklin is a former woodworker with a charmingly grumpy demeanor. After more than 50 years of marriage, Franklin still has a powerful devotion to his wife but doesn’t share her fascination with the chamber, a secret that weighs heavily on him. For her sake, he is willing to endure its presence in their lives, but his patience is wearing thin.

Written and co-executive produced by Holden Miller, Lightyears follows Franklin and Irene York, played by Simmons and Spacek, a couple who years ago discovered a chamber buried in their backyard that inexplicably leads to a strange, deserted planet. They’ve carefully guarded their secret ever since, but when an enigmatic young man enters their lives, the Yorks’ quiet existence is quickly upended — and the mysterious chamber they thought they knew so well turns out to be much more than they could ever have imagined.