Goldblum in family for 'Baster'

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Jeff Goldblum has joined the cast of "The Baster," Mandate's romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.

Directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, the story follows a man (Bateman) whose female best friend (Aniston) plans to become pregnant through artificial insemination, but he replaces the preferred sample with his own. Seven years later, she returns to New York with her son, and the man is forced to live with the secret that he is the child's father.

Goldblum will get to exercise his comedy chops by playing Bateman's business partner and confidant, whose idea of working out is walking slowly on a treadmill while eating a candy bar.

Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger are producing.

Goldblum is coming off a dramatic turn in "Adam Resurrected," a Holocaust drama from Paul Schrader. He will finish a stint on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" before filming "Baster," which is set for a spring shoot in New York.

Goldblum is repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment. (partialdiff)
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