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Bateman, Janney join "Juno" family

U.S. actor Jason Bateman arrives in Los Angeles June 7, 2005. Bateman and Allison Janney have signed to co-star in "Juno," a coming-of-age comedy from Jason Reitman, the director of "Thank You For Smoking." REUTERS/Michael Buckner

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jason Bateman and Allison Janney have signed to co-star in “Juno,” a coming-of-age comedy from Jason Reitman, the director of “Thank You For Smoking.”

The actors will join Jennifer Garner and Michael Cera in the Fox Searchlight project, which is shooting in Vancouver.

Ellen Page (“Hard Candy”) stars as Juno, a high school girl confronted with a teenage pregnancy.

Bateman and Cera, who were paired as father and son in the Fox comedy “Arrested Development,” are being reunited, though in very different roles. Bateman will play the emotionally stunted husband of Garner; the couple is interested in adopting Juno’s unborn child. Cera will play Juno’s loyal best friend and the one responsible for her pregnancy.

Janney, best known for her Emmy-winning turn in “The West Wing,” will play Juno’s stepmother.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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