‘Arrested Development’ Film Has A ‘Good Part’ For Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman Says

The actor says he plans to suggest a role for Aniston in the much-anticipated project.

Editor’s note: After this article was published, Jason Bateman tweeted that he was just “thinking out loud” when he suggested Aniston for a role in the “Arrested Development” movie.

If it were up to Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston would appear in the much-anticipated big-screen adaptation of a popular television show. But, the actor isn’t thinking of sending the “Friends” actress back to Central Perk. Bateman said he plans to rope Aniston into the “Arrested Development” flick.

“Yeah, actually, there’s a real good part for her in the ‘Arrested Development’ movie,” Bateman told MTV News on Saturday (August 7). Aniston and Bateman have been spending a lot of time together as co-stars in both “The Switch,” a rom-com about a sperm donor mix-up, and the upcoming flick, “Horrible Bosses.” Even though Bateman thinks Aniston would fit right in among the delightfully absurd “Development” crew, he said the A-lister will have to prove herself to get the part.

“There’s no offers on this one. She’s gonna have to sing for her supper,” Bateman said. “I don’t know, we’ll see if she’s available. She’s busy. She’s pretty famous; I don’t know if you’ve heard of her. She’s pretty backed up. Hopefully the guy who’s in charge will like her for that part because I’m going to suggest her.”

Bateman didn’t give up any other details about the role, but all of this casting talk means the “Arrested Development” movie is definitely a go, right? Even though he’s scheming to get Aniston onboard, Bateman said several things still need to fall into place before production can get under way.

“The truth is that there’s really no significant update beyond … what [creator] Mitch Hurwitz said a couple weeks ago, which was he’s got half the script written. He’s gotta finish the second half and then the studio’s gotta love it and the cast’s gotta love it and we all have to … have time to do it,” Bateman explained. However, after years of speculation and doubts that “Development” will ever get off the ground, Bateman assured fans that the flick will hit theaters: “It’s happening,” he said.

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