This is a strange rumor, but since it seems to be making the rounds, I thought I'd share it with you. According to AICN (via one of their top secret sources), Kevin Smith may have found his male lead for the upcoming comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno. You'll remember that Rosario Dawson (who was Smith's first choice for the female lead -- so much so that he wrote the part for her) bailed on the project after she landed a spot in the D.J. Caruso-directed Eagle Eye, starring opposite Shia LaBeouf Spielberg Jones Jr. Smith has remained tight-lipped on who he planned to cast as Zack, one half of a pair of friends who, in their late 20s with nothing to show for it, decide to get their feet wet in the amateur porn business. All we know thus far is that Smith has said he wants to cast someone he himself is a fan of. Could Jason Bateman be that guy? That's what AICN is saying.

Now here's why I think it's a strange rumor. First of all, Bateman is 38 years-old. I'm not sure how on earth Smith would plan on aging Bateman that far down so that he can pass for someone who's, say, 28 or 29. On the other hand, Dawson is 28 -- so that totally works. Another actor rumored to be involved in the film is Smith's long-time friend Jason Mewes (one half of the Jay and Silent Bob duo). Now, Mewes is 33, and I can certainly buy him as some slacker dude in his late 20s. But Bateman? That's a stretch. Not that I don't absolutely love Bateman (his cameo in Smokin' Aces made that movie), and I would definitely be down to see him play a part in Zack and Miri Make a Porno, but I don't know how crazy I am about casting him as the lead. Cinematical currently has an email out to Smith, who I'm sure will respond to this news is some way, shape or form -- so keep it tuned in here for further updates.

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