Jason Bateman Is High on ‘We’re the Millers’

Jason BatemanThis is the Year of the Jason. Segel is popping up everywhere, Sudeikis is springing from the gangplanks, and Bateman is the rising sun of Gibraltar. The former television star is in talks to reunite with Dodgeball writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber (whose name is either petrifyingly hardcore or outlandishly nerdy) for the comedy We’re the Millers.

The plot of the film follows a longtime drug dealer nearing thirty who decides to perform one last job before giving up the business. This final endeavor will take him south across the Mexican-American border with inordinate sums of marijuana.

There’s no word yet on what role Bateman will be playing, but I’d be surprised to see the increasingly ever-present front-man cast as anything but the main character. That being said, Bateman is known primarily as a snide and level-headed but painfully unlucky type, whose comedy often comes from his being a victim of circumstance (and his sardonic reacts to said circumstances) as opposed to the propagation of his own dilemmas. Bateman as an established drug dealer would be something we haven’t seen much of. One could call it quite a change-up. Or even a switch. But for now, the whole situation is up in the air. We’ll just have to wait for the state of play. But let’s just say, the promotion Bateman has received to leading man has just about the sweetest thing. Um… Juno.

Source: Comingsoon

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.