Bateman enters ‘Kingdom’

Thesp to costar with Foxx, Garner in Berg-helmed pic

Jason Bateman has joined the cast of Universal Pictures’ “The Kingdom,” the Peter Berg-helmed terrorism pic that’s set to get under way this summer.

The film, which will also star Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner, follows a team of American counterterrorism agents who go to a hostile Middle Eastern country after a bombing attack against Americans there.

Penned by Matthew Michael Carnahan, “Kingdom” is being produced by Michael Mann and Scott Stuber. Mary Parent and Film 44’s John Cameron and Sarah Aubrey exec produce.

Bateman, who won a Golden Globe for the Fox skein “Arrested Development,” will next appear in U’s “The Break-Up” and is on set for Mandate Film’s “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” which stars Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman. He recently wrapped on “Fast Track,” which co-stars Zach Braff.

Berg’s Film 44, which has a production deal with Universal, is also working on “Bran Mak Morn” and “The Mission,” both of which he is attached to helm. His previous directing credits include “Very Bad Things” and “The Rundown.”

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