Jon Favreau is heading back to the big screen as an actor. Variety reports that the Iron Man director has joined the cast of Universal Pictures’ Identity Thief. He’ll star opposite Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet, John Cho, Clark Duke and Maggie Elizabeth Jones in the Seth Gordon comedy.
The film features Bateman’s character as the victim of an identity theft by McCarthy’s character. Originally written for a male character on the criminal end of things, the script was reportedly rewritten specifically for McCarthy. Steve Conrad (The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness) wrote the first draft with subsequent rewrites by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II).
There’s no word yet on what role Favreau will play, but check back for updates as they become available and as the production begins immediately, taking advantage of the “Mike & Molly” hiatus.
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