Exclusive: Jason Bateman Lands the Lead in Rawson Marshall Thurber's Stoner Comedy, We're the Millers
The script is also hilarious, which is why it's been such a hot project for years. It's gone through a few iterations; most recently, it had John Morris and Sean Anders (Hot Tub Time Machine) attached, and Will Arnett and Steve Buscemi have been attached at some point during its development. It never quite got past the development stage.
It should now, as we are reporting exclusively that Jason Bateman -- fresh off the success of Horrible Bosses and the soon-to-be star of The Change-Up -- has been cast as the lead. Bateman is perfect for the role: the character has a dry sense of humor, and, in a very funny way, the character is mean. It also puts Thurber and Bateman back together for the first time since the $100 million sleeper hit, Dodgeball, which they hope to duplicate with We're the Millers.
News of the addition of Bateman to We're the Millers comes the day after Deadline announced that Thurber is rewriting The Umbrella Academy, based on the Eisner Award-winning Dark Horse comic written by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way. According to Deadline, "The comic revolves around an adopted dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers who are brought together by a mentor. As children, they defeat the Eiffel Tower when it's turned into a laser-spewing structure by a zombie robot. In later installments of the comic, the kids disband but reunite as adults after their mentor is killed."
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