Allison Janney And Philip Baker Hall Join Jason Bateman's Directorial Debut Bad Words
Jason Bateman has a supporting group of actors now set to join him in the upcoming comedy Bad Words, which will also be the star's directorial debut. Allison Janney, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chand have all signed on parts in the movie, which follows a 41-year old high school dropout (Bateman) as he exploits a loophole so that he can compete in a spelling bee intended for children who are still in grade school.
The Wrap, which has the news of the casting, says that Janney will be playing Dr. Bernice Deagan, the director of the spelling bee organization; Baker Hall will take the role of Dr. Bowman, the "head of the spelling bee group," and Chand will be Chaitanya, one of Bateman's fellow contestants. The site adds that Ben Falcone and Kathryn Hahn have also joined the cast, but doesn't say what roles they will be playing.
Filming is scheduled to start this week. Bateman is directing from a script written by Andrew Dodge that was featured on the Black List in 2011 (the annual list of hte most popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood).
Janney recently completed work on The Way, Way Back, the directorial debut from Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, and is voicing a character in the upcoming Mr. Peabody & Sherman animated film. Baker Hall, who has an uncredited appearance in Ben Affleck's Argo, is now filming the Justin Reardon comedy A Many Splintered Thing with Chris Evans and Aubrey Plaza. Chand starred in an episode of the hit Showtime series Homeland last year and made his debut in the Adam Sandler comedy Jack and Jill.
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