Jason Bateman to join ID Theft

Melissa McCarthy also set to star

Having seen latest film The Change-Up flop quite spectacularly at the US box office, Jason Bateman is preparing to get back on the horse for upcoming comedy ID Theft.

Initially written for two male leads, the film will follow the endeavours of Bateman’s character as he has his identity stolen by a scam artist.

However, having watched Melissa McCarthy’s scene-stealing turn in Bridesmaids, Bateman has pushed for the role to be re-written for a female performer. As a result, McCarthy is reportedly in talks to co-star.

Initially penned by The Pursuit Of Happiness’s Steve Conrad, the script is currently being tinkered with by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part 2), with no director attached as yet. As well as starring, Bateman will also double-up as the film’s producer.

ID Theft will mark another step in on McCarthy’s rapidly ascending journey to A-list status. She recently bagged herself a role in Judd Apatow’s This Is Forty, has sold a comedy pitch to Paramount and is also set to host the next season of Saturday Night Live.

ID Theft is set to begin shooting in April 2012, once McCarthy’s hit TV show Mike And Molly goes on hiatus.

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