By Dave Campbell | February 6, 2009
Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman have signed on for the romantic comedy The Baster, for Mandate Pictures. Production is panned for a spring shoot in New York.
Co-directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon, known for the 2007 comedy Blades of Glory, will direct the film. Screenwriter Allan Loeb adapted the 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 recently starred in the hit Marley & Me and costars in the film He’s Just Not That Into You, which opens today. Bateman will next appear in Universal’s April release State of Play.