Universal Pictures has set Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman to star in The Change-Up, the David Dobkin-directed body-switching comedy. Reynolds was also being courted for Universal’s supernatural comedy RIPD, but chose a comedy that has a priority for the studio since it bought the spec by The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
Bateman is a family man who accidentally swaps bodies with his best friend, a single slacker actor played by Reynolds. Each gets a glimpse at what he missed, and an appreciation of what he had. It’s like Freaky Friday, except here, the married guy knows his pal is sleeping with his wife. Reynolds and Bateman each recently moved to CAA. Neal Moritz and Dobkin are producing.