Last month, we told you how it was being rumored (via AICN) that Jason Bateman was going to co-star alongside someone who was not Rosario Dawson in Kevin Smith's next flick, Zack and Miri Make a Porno. While I absolutely adore Bateman, and love how he's turned his career around in the last few years, part of me couldn't see him in the role of a late 20's slacker who, along with his female friend, decide to jump into the amateur porn business. One reason for this was that Bateman is 38 years-old, and not someone I'd expect in the lead. Whether or not Smith had other plans for him -- we do not know -- but what we do know is that Bateman has officially squashed the rumor.

While out promoting his latest film, Juno, at the Toronto International Film Festival, Slashfilm caught up with Bateman and asked about his participation in Zack and Miri. Bateman's response: "No, I read that, but no, Not at all. I met him [Smith] at a coffee bean and tea leaf in LA about three months ago, and that's about as close to the accuracy of it." So that's what Bateman is saying, but we all know how these things work -- he may have been told to deny deny deny until contracts are official or what have you; as of now, there's been no word from Smith (who's usually pretty vocal about his films) either way. IMDb still lists the actor as being "in talks" for the role of Zack, although I wouldn't go by what they say. Personally, I'm not sure who I'd want to play Zack. Jason Lee is always fantastic when he collaborates with Smith, but he's also a tad old for the role. I'll tell you who I'd like to see play Miri though -- either Christina Ricci or Zooey Deschanel, with the latter higher up on my list. Zooey tends to be a bit dark, but if you've seen her on Weeds, you know she can handle Smith's dialogue with ease. Kev, if you're reading this, please look at Zooey. Please. With production starting this winter, I expect casting announcements to hit rather soon.

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