This 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.