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Jason Bateman Cast in New Film from Mike Judge

Jason Bateman Goes to Work with Office Space Writer

Jason Bateman is so good at playing the everyman, he could even make the Bluth family's over-the-top problems seem relatable. And with Office Space, Mike Judge proved that he could tap into the psyche of downtrodden workers everywhere. So it seems the two could be a match made in heaven for a new feature called Extract.

The film, which Judge will write and direct, focuses on the owner of a flower extract factory (huh?) who can't seem to get a break — either at the office, where he has a string of bad luck, or at home, where his wife has had an affair with a gigolo. Variety describes it as a movie "about what it's like to be the boss when everything seems to be shifting around you."

Apparently Arrested Development alums are in high demand right now: Mae Whitman landed a TV job last week, as did Alia Shawkat. And I'd say that this casting news fully cements Bateman as a big-screen leading man, at least for a certain kind of comedy. What do you think? Are you excited to see Bateman getting a higher profile?


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