Bateman, Janney join 'Juno' family


Jason Bateman and Allison Janney have signed on to co-star in Mandate Pictures' comedy "Juno" for Fox Searchlight Pictures. The pair will join Jennifer Garner and Michael Cera in the coming-of-age story being helmed by Jason Reitman.

Based on a script from writer Diablo Cody, Ellen Page stars as Juno, a high school girl confronted with a teenage pregnancy.

The film is shooting in Vancouver.

Bateman and Cera, who were paired as father and son in the Fox sitcom "Arrested Development," are being reunited, though in very different roles. Bateman will play the emotionally stunted husband of Garner; the couple is interested in adopting Juno's unborn child. Janney, best known for her long-running role in "The West Wing," will play Juno's stepmother. Cera will play Juno's loyal best friend and the one responsible for her pregnancy.

"Juno" is produced by Mandate with John Malkovich's Mr. Mudd Prods. The film's producers are Mason Novick and Malkovich's producing partners at Mr. Mudd, Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith. Mandate's Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane serve as executive producers along with Daniel Dubiecki, Reitman's partner at Fox Searchlight-based Hard C. Jim Miller, who brought the project into Mandate, serves as co-producer along with the company's Kelli Konop.

Bateman will next appear in Universal Pictures' "The Kingdom" and another Mandate film, "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," to be released in November by the Walden-Fox joint venture. He is repped by UTA, manager Michael Rotenberg of 3 Arts and attorneys Don Steel and Tom Hoberman.

Janney next can be seen in New Line Cinema's "Hairspray," set to bow in the summer. She is repped by Paradigm Agency and Thruline Entertainment for management.