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THE SWITCH

Actor, producer, and director JASON BATEMAN (Wally) was honored with a Golden Globe® Award in 2004 for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and earned an Emmy® Award nomination and two Screen Actors Guild® nominations for his irreverent portrayal of Michael Bluth in the Mitch Hurwitz-created, multi-award-winning comedy series, "Arrested Development.” Since then, Bateman has attained "leading man” status on the big screen while returning to his roots in television by continuing to produce, write and develop projects for the small screen.

In August 2010, Bateman will star with Jennifer Aniston in the Miramax Films/Mandate Pictures romantic comedy film, "The Switch,” in which he plays the lead role of Wally, the best friend keeping a life-changing secret from Aniston's Kassie. Following "The Switch,” Bateman co-stars in the Universal and Working Title comedy "Paul” directed by Greg Mottola and written by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. "Paul” follows two British comic-book geeks who have a supernatural encounter while road-tripping across the United States. Bateman co-stars as Agent Lorenzo Zoil. The film is slated for release in March 2011.

Currently, Bateman is filming a lead role in the Warner Bros.' ensemble comedy "Horrible Bosses” alongside Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis. "Horrible Bosses” follows three friends who conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize the bosses are standing in the way of their happiness. "Horrible Bosses” is directed by Seth Gordon and will be released July 29, 2011.

Also in 2011, Bateman will be seen opposite Ryan Reynolds in the Universal Pictures comedy "The Change Up” as a responsible family man who switches bodies with his lazy best friend. "The Change Up” will begin production in October 2010 and will be directed by David Dobkin.

Bateman is also producing and starring in a film for Universal based on his own original idea called "The Remarkable Fellows,” which Joe Carnahan is writing and directing. (Bateman partnered with Carnahan again after working together on the feature "Smoking Aces” for Universal in 2006.) The film is an action comedy about two elite "revenge specialists” who are hired by the most powerful and wealthy people all over the world to exact revenge on those who have wronged them. The film is currently in development.

In 2009, Bateman completed one of his busiest years yet. In December, he was seen in a supporting role opposite George Clooney in the Golden Globe® and Academy Award®–nominated "Up in the Air” for Paramount Pictures and director Jason Reitman. Bateman made a memorable turn as Craig Gregory, the brash head of a corporate downsizing company set on revolutionizing the industry. In October, he co-starred alongside Vince Vaughn, Kristen Bell, Jon Favreau, Kristin Davis and Malin Akerman in "Couples Retreat.” Bateman starred as the neurotic and over-achieving Jason married to Bell's Cynthia. In "Couples Retreat,” the couple on the brink of divorce convinces their friends to travel to Bora Bora to try to revive their stale marriages.

In September 2009, Bateman headlined the Miramax feature "Extract” as Joel Reynolds, the owner of an extract manufacturing plant overcome by a comedic series of personal and work-related problems. "Extract” was directed by Mike Judge and produced by Bateman through his F+A Productions banner. Bateman also had a memorable cameo in the Ricky Gervais-penned and -directed comedy, "The Invention of Lying.”

In April of 2009, Bateman delivered an emotionally charged performance as a political press agent in the crime drama "State of Play” directed by Kevin Macdonald for Universal Pictures.

On the small screen, Bateman secured a first-look production deal for his company, F+A Productions, to develop, direct and write original content for 20th Century Fox Television. The deal came to fruition after Bateman directed the comedy pilot for the network entitled "Do Not Disturb,” which premiered in the fall 2008 lineup. Bateman also reteamed with his "Arrested Development” creator, Mitch Hurwitz, to voice a character in the Fox animated comedy series "Sit Down, Shut Up” which premiered in April 2009. In summer 2009, Bateman directed and produced the FX Network pilot "The Merger.”

In 2008, Bateman co-starred in the Peter Berg action film "Hancock” alongside Will Smith and Charlize Theron. "Hancock” became one of the top box-office openings worldwide in 2008 and came on the heels of one of the biggest success stories in independent filmmaking with Fox Searchlight's gem "Juno,” for which Bateman had a pivotal role as the potential, yet uncertain, adoptive father to Juno's unborn child. Directed by Jason Reitman, the film was nominated in 2008 for Best Film by most major film critics' groups, as well as by the Hollywood Foreign Press and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Also in 2007, Bateman co-starred opposite Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper and Jennifer Garner in the Universal Pictures drama "The Kingdom,” an action-thriller set in Saudi Arabia, once again for director Peter Berg.

Prior to this, Bateman starred opposite Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman in the Fox/Mandate Pictures family fantasy film "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium” for ingénue director and writer Zach Helm.

Bateman's other recent film roles include starring with Zach Braff and Amanda Peet in the Miramax comedy "The Ex” and a supporting role in "The Break-Up” with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. Prior to that, he portrayed a loose-lipped sports commentator in 20th Century Fox's comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” starring Vince Vaughn & Ben Stiller. Bateman also co-starred in the Warner Bros. film "Starsky & Hutch,” opposite Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. In 2002, he starred with Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair in the romantic comedy, "The Sweetest Thing.”

Dating back to his adolescent and teenage years, Bateman's portrayal of the charming schemer Derek Taylor in "Silver Spoons” prompted NBC to create a spin-off, "It's Your Move,” starring Bateman. He then starred with Valerie Harper in her serial series "Valerie/Valerie's Family” and "The Hogan Family” from 1986-1991 and, prior to this, was a series regular on the iconic television series with Michael Landon that has become an American treasure, "Little House on the Prairie.”

In January 2010, Bateman and his longtime friend and "Arrested Development” co-star, Will Arnett, announced the creation of their digital-driven production company, DumbDumb Productions. DumbDumb Productions, working alongside Electus, allows Bateman and Arnett to produce commercials, shorts and original content to be distributed on the Internet and for the film industry. Bateman currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Amanda Anka, and their daughter, Francesca.

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