Tina Fey Joining Jason Bateman for Levy's 'This is Where I Leave You'
Following the conclusion of her NBC comedy series "30 Rock" and a successful hosting stint alongside friend and "Saturday Night Live" veteran Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes earlier this year, Tina Fey is getting her film career in order. The actress is already taken on The Nest with the director of Pitch Perfect, and now THR has word that Fey is joining Jason Bateman for the adaptation of Jonathan Tropper's novel This is Where I Leave You, which is being directed by Shawn Levy. Fey is no stranger to Levy's work as a director since she shared the screen with Steve Carell for the filmmaker's action comedy Date Night in 2010.
For those who are just joining us, Tropper is adapting his own novel about about four siblings who come home to sit shiva after their father passes away, and what happens when they're feel obligated to be under a single roof again for the first time in a decade as their father's dying wish. Fey is only in talks right now, but she would be playing Bateman's older sister, a woman who is married and whose first love now has brain damage. The differentiation would seem to indicate that she might be conflicted about her marriage and this other previous lover being ill. There's no word on development for the romantic lead yet as Bateman is still testing actresses, but Kathryn Hahn is looking more likely to play Bateman's sister-in-law. Sound good?