For a while there at the tail end of the ’90s, it seemed like Amanda Peet was poised to be the next big thing. And then….well, that didn’t exactly happen. Not that she stopped working, but it seems she wisely decided to work with respected talent on films like “Melinda & Melinda,” “Syriana” and the severely underappreciated “Please Give” while still paying the bills with odd blockbusters like “2012” here and there. But her name is being mentioned a bit more these days. She’s got a role in Terrence Malick‘s untitled romance, a new show on NBC, and now she’s headed back to the big screen to deliver some comedy with two of the best in the business.
Peet will join Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in “Identity Theft.” Seth Gordon, the man behind “Horrible Bosses,” will direct the movie about a man whose identity is stolen by a woman, and it seems they are keeping further plot details on the downlow for now. So no word on Peet’s role. For the actress it’s a reunion with Bateman after they worked together on the pretty awful “Fast Track,” but clearly they had a good time, and Bateman, who is producing this pic, hasn’t forgotten.
Steve Conrad (“The Pursuit Of Happyness,” “The Weather Man“) penned the script with Craig Mazin (“The Hangover Part II“) doing a rewrite, so the material is likely there. Shooting on this begins this summer, and we’re guessing we’ll see the results a year after that. [Variety]