February 6, 2009 / 4:58 AM / 10 years ago

Aniston, Bateman to star in "Baster"

Cast member Jennifer Aniston poses at the premiere of the movie "Marley & Me" at the Mann Village theatre in Westwood, California December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman are teaming for the romantic comedy “The Baster,” in which they’ll play friends whose relationship is complicated by a secret.

Will Speck and Josh Gordon, who co-directed 2007’s “Blades of Glory,” will direct the Mandate Pictures feature, which screenwriter Allan Loeb (“21”) has adapted from a short story by Jeffrey Eugenides that was published in the New Yorker.

Bateman and Aniston will play best friends Wally and Kassie. When Wally learns that Kassie plans to become pregnant through artificial insemination, he replaces the donor’s semen with his own and must live with the secret that he is the father of her child.

Aniston most recently starred in the hit “Marley & Me” and is part of the cast of “He’s Just Not That Into You,” which opens Friday.

Bateman next appears in Universal’s April release “State of Play.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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