While his ridiculously well-respected and critically-acclaimed sitcom Arrested Development is getting canned due to a lack of viewers (well-respected and critically-acclaimed do not always translate into popular), Jason Bateman is continuing to find employment on the silver screen. Bateman has landed a new post-AD role, getting cast with Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman in a "supernatural family film" named Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. Zach Helm will direct the movie for Mandate Pictures and FilmColony. The story will follow a downcast toy store manager who finds herself the new owner of the establishment (a gift from the previous owner). Bateman will play "a precocious accountant hired to ascertain the establishment's worth."
I love Arrested Development and I'm sad to see it go. I think Jason Bateman was fantastic in the lead role, although as far as the silver screen goes I'm only familiar with him in "supporting cast" positions (such as the wacky ESPN 8 announcer in Dodgeball and the villain's nerdy assistant in Starksy and Hutch). I find him to be a fun and quirky character actor, but his best work so far is easily on television. I'm glad he's finding work now that AD is done, and I hope he can put continue to put together a successful career. He seems to have a number of projects on the horizon, anyway.