Jason Bateman has joined Taron Egerton in the cast of “Carry On”.
The 53-year-old actor is set to star in Steven Spielberg’s Netflix and Amblin Productions thriller which will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.
The film centers on Ethan Kopek – a young TSA agent who is blackmailed by a mysterious traveler into allowing a dangerous package to pass through security and board a flight on Christmas Day.
Sources familiar with the film say Jason will play the mysterious traveler.
TJ Fixman wrote the original draft of the screenplay, and Michael Green completed the final polish.
Dylan Clark will produce while Holly Bario – Amblin’s president of production – will oversee on behalf of the studio.
Insiders previously suggested that Taron wanted to star in the film as soon as he read the script and forged a good working relationship with Collet-Serra.
Bateman worked with Netflix on the hit series ‘Ozark’, in which he both directed and starred as Marty Bryde, and talked about how much he loves the thrill of being behind the camera.
He said: “The acting part is less interesting to me only because it’s the part that’s obviously the most familiar and comfortable.
“So the camera work is everything to me. I’m going to do a lot of the work on my own to create every image that we end up doing.
“I’ve got it all planned out in my head in terms of where the actors will be walking, where they’ll be sitting, where they’ll be talking or where the cameras will be – all the footage. [I do this so I can] figure out the best way for visuals to amplify – or conversely, offset – what the scene is about.”