Identity theft is serious business. According to FTC estimates, as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. It can lead to irreparable damage to your credit, hurt you when you're applying for jobs or loans, and cause immense emotional and psychological distress. And if your identity is stolen by Melissa McCarthy, it can also lead to getting punched in the throat.
At least that's what we're led to believe based on the first trailer for the new film, Identity Thief. The movie stars McCarthy as a trashy con artist and Jason Bateman as her hapless victim who decides that he's going to bring her down.
Originally, the role that McCarthy is playing was written for a male, but Bateman insisted that the part be changed after he saw McCarthy's breakout role in the blockbuster comedy Bridesmaids. Based on the above trailer, the move seems to have paid off.
Fans of Bridesmaids know that McCarthy is a spitfire of an actress and nobody does deadpan better than Jason Bateman, which is why they work together so wonderfully. While McCarthy's frizzy-haired crook may look like a hobbit (as Bateman's character describes her), it's clear that she's not going to give up her ill-gotten gains easily and that should lead to quite a fun and funny roadtrip comedy.
Identity Thief, which was formerly titled ID Theft, is directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and was written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) with subsequent rewrites by Craig Mazin (Hangover 2, Hangover 3). In addition to McCarthy and Bateman, Identity Thief stars Amanda Peet, John Cho, Eric Stonestreet and Jon Favreau.
Check out two new character posters for the film below:
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And here's Identity Thief's official summary:
Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (Melissa McCarthy) to live it up near Miami, buying whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using belongs to “Sandy Bigelow Patterson” and that's an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, he will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.
In addition to Identity Thief, Jason Bateman has been keeping busy with the highly-anticipated fourth season of the formerly canceled TV show Arrested Development. McCarthy, whose star has risen exponentially since Bridesmaids, can be seen in the upcoming Judd Apatow comedy This Is 40 and is also slated to star alongside Sandra Bullock in an as-yet-unnamed buddy cop comedy.
Identity Thief hits theaters February 8th, 2013.