According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Emmy nominated star of FOX's most lauded and least watched comedy series is set to take a dramatic turn in "The Kingdom," an increasingly star-studded thriller from director Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights").
Set up at Universal, "The Kingdom" follows a counterterrorist team and its response to a bombing that kills American workers in a Middle Eastern country.
Production is expected to begin in June.
Bateman, whose small screen credits have also included "The Hogan Family" and "Silver Spoons," has a slate of post-"Arrested" films lined up, beginning this summer with "The Break-Up." He's also done roles in "Fast Track," opposite Zach Braff, and "Smokin' Aces."