EXCLUSIVE: Jason Bateman has just been set to star in Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut, a drama called Weirdo. The film is about to begin production in Los Angeles with Edgerton and Rebecca Hall also starring. The project is currently untitled but has been known around town as Weirdo. Edgerton wrote the script and is producing. Bateman and Hall play a husband and wife who seek to reinvigorate their relationship with a fresh beginning in a new town, only to be have their life disrupted by a “friend” from the past. It’s a chilling and suspenseful journey that gives true meaning to the phrase “nothing is ever as it seems.” Rebecca Yeldham is co-producing with Jason Blum at Blumhouse.

j edgertonBateman, who made the move to the director’s chair with 2013’s Bad Words, just wrapped his second film as director with The Family Fang, in which he stars with Nicole Kidman. He’s also editing the film. Edgerton, who teamed with director David Michod in the writing of last year’s The Rover and got story credit, next will be seen starring with Johnny Depp in the Scott Cooper-directed Whitey Bulger tale Black Mass and opposite Natalie Portman in the Gavin O’Connor-directed Jane Got A Gun.