Back in November, we reported that Shawn Levy had taken over directorial duties on the dysfunctional family comedy This Is Where I Leave You, which was originally being developed for Adam Shankman to direct.
Jason Bateman rejoins This is Where I Leave You
At the time, Jason Bateman had dropped out of the project. But now, he is returning as the male lead. Other actors once attached to the project include Malin Akerman, Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Jason Sudeikis, and Goldie Hawn. Though, its not clear if any of them are still attached as casting moves forward.
It is known that Shawn Levy is looking for a female lead to play opposite Jason Bateman. Reading for the role are Ari Graynor, Isla Fisher, Zoe Saldana, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kathryn Hahn.
Amy Adams is also in the mix, but she is not being asked to read for the role, which indicates that she is the project's first choice.
The movie is an adaptation of Jonathan Tropper's popular novel, which follows a man (Jason Bateman) who must bring his eccentric family back together after his father's funeral. He asks the clan to spend seven days together under the same roof to mourn their recent loss, which leads to some unexpected complications. The female role currently being sought is Penny, a woman who used to work for the deceased father, and is the longtime object of unrequited love for the son.
More casting is expected to be announced soon. The film is planning a 2014 release date.