Jason Bateman to Headline New Comedy from ‘Dodgeball’ Director

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
By Kevin Crossman
Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman is red hot this summer (”The Summer of Bateman“, remember?), with Horrible Bosses doing big business and The Change-Up getting great buzz. What’s next? How about a Paul Rudd-style leap to headlining a new comedy from Dodgeball director Rawson Marshall Thurber.

According to Pajiba, Bateman is set to star in We’re the Millers, a story about a low-level drug dealer who must go to Mexico to smuggle 1400 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. using a fake family. It’s high concept but clearly not your family-friendly comedy. Will Arnett was previously attached to star, but it looks like Jason Bateman is set to play the lead role as a sort of dry straight-man with crazy people all around him.

The film would also mark a return to form for Thurber, who hasn’t done much since his breakthrough writing-directing gig on Dodgeball back in 2004. As a writer, he did contribute to Tower Heist, coming this fall with Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, and others.

One Response to “Jason Bateman to Headline New Comedy from ‘Dodgeball’ Director”

  1. [...] and Horrible Bosses. Sudeikis and Aniston’s Bosses co-star, Jason Bateman, was previously attached to play the drug dealer last summer (previous attempts at making the film also had Will Arnett and [...]

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