Aniston and Bateman Join The Baster

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Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman have signed on to star in the fertility-themed comedy The Baster for Mandate Pictures.

Variety says that Will Speck and Josh Gordon, who previously teamed for the comedy Blades of Glory, will helm The Baster from a screenplay by Allan Loeb (21). Film is based on Jeffrey Eugenides’ short story “Baster,” which was first published in The New Yorker.

The Baster centers on a neurotic and insecure man (Bateman) who finds out his best friend (Aniston) wants to have a child through artificial insemination. He surreptitiously replaces her donor’s semen with his own and is then forced to live with the secret that he is the child’s real father.

The film will begin shooting in the spring.

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