Jason Bateman to Lead Joel Edgerton's Directorial Debut 'Weirdo'

January 15, 2015
Source: Deadline

Jason Bateman

Though Joel Edgerton is a very accomplished actor who has starred in smaller films like Animal Kingdom to big flashy numbers like The Great Gatsby, he's looking to get behind the camera next. Deadline has word that Edgerton is set to make his directorial debut with an indie drama tentatively known around Hollywood as Weirdo (though it remains untitled) that will be produced by Blumhouse Productions, the same company behind horror hits like The Purge and Paranormal Activity. In addition, Edgerton has lined up a surprising lead actor with Jason Bateman taking the lead role alongside Rebecca Hall. More below!

The film follows Bateman and Hall as a husband and wife who are looking for a fresh start in a new town, hoping to reinvigorate their relationship. But they find their plan disrupted by a "friend" from the past, resulting in a "a chilling and suspenseful journey" that reveals, as many dramatic thrillers do, that nothing is ever as it seems. This certainly sounds like something new for Bateman, who has mostly stuck with comedies like Horrible Bosses. But he did get a little more serious with This Is Where I Leave You, though that too had a comedic flare. We're very excited to see what Edgerton can do as a director. Agreed?

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    Nice. They should make a great combo. Bateman is such a talent.
  • Terry Craig
    Well, Joel's brother Nash is quite a good director, so maybe they share a directorial talent (similar to Martin and John McDonagh, f.ex.). I remember having seen Nash's short films ('Spider', 'Lucky', etc) starring Joel back in 2007 and loving them.




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