'Arrested Development' movie: Jason Bateman has a role in mind for Jennifer Aniston

aniston-batemanImage Credit: Toni Passig/WireImage.com; Sam UrdankThe Arrested Development movie — one of the year’s biggest will-they-or-won’t-they nail biters — could have a new Friend on its roster. (Okay, the “Friend” thing was a little cornball. You don’t mind.) During a junket for The Switch, Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston both told MTV they’d like to see her star in an AD film. “Anything to work with Jason,” Aniston gushed. Bateman claims to already have a role in mind for her, but insists there are no freebies and that “she’ll have to sing for her supper.” Let’s speculate…

Potential Jennifer Aniston characters in the ‘Arrested Development’ movie:

  • Uncle Jack’s (Martin Short’)s new wife
  • Ventriloquist love interest for G.O.B. (possible three- or four-way action including Franklin)
  • the MILF George Michael hooks up with to make Maeby jealous
  • George Sr.’s physical therapist (ample opportunity for physical comedy and for Lucille to scream “that…bitch!” through the walls)
  • Lucille’s new poolside drinking buddy (their systems aren’t used to curly fries)
  • Herself, and Tobias is convinced he’ll be starring opposite her as a “Leading Man” in some movie (“Losing It”?)
  • Other (suggest your own roles for her in the comments)

Anyone else still think the Arrested Development movie is never gonna happen and that this is a really smart way to make people aware of The Switch?

Read more: All ‘Arrested Development’ items on PopWatch

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  • Ceballos

    I expect the “Arrested Development” movie to come out around the same time as the “Veronica Mars” movie…which is to say I’m inclined to believe Annie’s theory that this is to get people thinking about “The Switch.”

    • Nathan

      Yeah it’ll be released the same weekend as Ghostbusters 3.

      • will

        and Jurassic Park 4

      • Dave

        and Saw 25, oh wait, that probably will happen.

      • Nicki

        Well actually… Jurassic Park 4 is in the works, so…

  • Monty

    Michael’s dead wife that I don’t believe we ever saw/met

    • Madd

      Her name was Tracy. We never did see her- the wedding video focused on Tobias’ hair being on fire- she was only mentioned. And Michael wanted to marry when he was younger, which caused Lucille 1 to get rid of his math teacher.
      She could also play a new girlfriend, but Michael is a chicken around women. “A cooka ca cha! A cooka ca cha!” “A coodle doodle doo! A coodle doodle doo!”

    • Ceballos

      Nice idea!

      If I believed this movie was going to be made, I wouldn’t mind seeing that.

    • kinter

      don’t believe you ever saw/met? how would you have ever met/saw her when she was dead before the show started dumbass

      • Keeno

        never heard of a flashback?

  • Madd

    The Cornballer!
    I hope it’s not as GOB’s new girlfriend….he should be with either Lucille 2 of Wife of GOB (“If her name’s Amy, I’ll call her Blamy”). Or she could be the costar in an action flick with Frank Wench. In my dream (the only place it will ever really exist) the AD film centers around Maebe and George Michael’s second wedding. I hope he buys her a nice wedding ring….tone.

  • Chaddogg

    A few other suggestions for Aniston:
    – As Lucille Bluth in the Carl Weathers/Dave Atell True Crime television documentary on George Bluth.
    – New marketing director for Temocil, there to recruit Dr. Funke’s 100 Percent Natural Good-Time Family Band Solution for a reunion tour.
    – The voice of Mrs. Bananagrabber in a Pixar version of “Mr. Bananagrabber.”
    – Steve Holt’s mom.

    • Madd

      “Baby, you got a stew going.”

    • Kevin

      A Pixar version of Mr. Bananagrabber would be the greatest thing either (in the AD movie… NOT in real life).

    • Ang

      @Chaddogg: Those are great suggestions, especially the last one! :D

      • Ange

        Oops, I meant the one before the last one! (The voice of Mr. Bananagrabber.) :)

    • Nicole

      I *would* like to see her put her arms in the air and proclaim “Eve Holt!”.

  • Madd

    Annie, thank you so much for the link to all the Arrested Development articles on PopWatch. I just blew myself.

    • will

      This is a really important AD quote to spell right…unfortunately, you FAIL.

      • Madd

        Great, I failed. I’m the pathetic one. Like a little girl. In a little dress. Little saddle shoes. Little pigtails.

      • will

        oh quit being an Ann Hog

  • LoveBug68

    The only joy I have in my ho-hum life is the thought of one day seeing the Arrested Development movie. If they put that no-talent, shrill, only able to act with her hair Anniston in it, I wont be able to see it.

    Is it possible this news has shaken me so much that I am now going to start praying they never make this movie???

    • Johnification

      Hey, AD has handled guest actors well enough in the past, why lose faith in Mitch Hurwitz over her. Her?

  • Jonathan F.

    I like Aniston a lot but that doesn’t mean I want her in an AD movie. If anything, a very minor role might be alright..

  • Mr. So And So

    I’d be fine with an Archer-esque animation movie or even a comic book, that’s because I doubt we’ll ever get a live action film with the original cast

  • will

    Rita’s sister and love interest for Michael…also an MRF.

    Oscars illegitimate love child and love interest for Michael…but wait uh oh they’re cousins! George Michael gets jealous of cousin relationship.

  • Lindsey Burrows

    I hope she plays Egg—I mean, Ann, all grown up. Take that, Michael!

    • will


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    • Ryan

      I don’t know her.

  • darclyte

    The ONLY way I want to see her in an Arrested Development movie is if she’s nude onscreen the entire time. She’d NEVER do it, so it’d never happen. Which is just fine.

  • Emilee

    Oh, I hope this doesn’t happen. (The Jennifer Aniston part, not the AD movie part.)

  • Mary


  • Me

    They ruined SATC 2 with Miley Cyrus and the stupid storyline (I know it’s not the same people behind AD), pls. don’t ruin what could possibly be one of the funniest movies of all time by adding Aniston..please please please don’t do it!!

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