Jason Bateman says that he wants to play a woman in the future

"But in a very real way"

Arrested Development actor Jason Bateman has revealed that he wants to play a woman moving forward in his career.

As a part of a conversation recorded for Hollywood Reporter with Darren Criss, Michael B. Jordan, Matthew Rhys, Jeff Daniels and J.K Simmons, Bateman expressed that he wants to move on from his “normal guy” roles.

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He said: “I’m really enjoying being in this one specific lane, which is the audience’s proxy, like just a normal guy who gets to inhabit the centre of the story and is your lens through which you are observing and experiencing this odd plot or group of people or scary guy or funny guy.”

“I’m really enjoying that as opposed to playing a bunch of different characters. Having said that, I’d love to play a woman.”

This news follows Jason Bateman’s apology after he appeared to defend his Arrested Development co-star Jeffrey Tambor in an interview. Jessica Walter, who plays Lucille Bluth in the show, has said Tambor “verbally harassed” her on set. He has also faced a series of sexual harassment allegations relating to his time on Amazon series Transparent.

Speaking to The New York Times, Bateman seemed to try and defend Tambor in relation to Walter’s claims, saying that “certain people have certain processes”.

Since the comments were made public, Bateman has been the subject of a huge backlash. He later apologised, saying he was “horrified” that he wasn’t more aware of how the incident had affected Walter.

Arrested Development has returned for its fifth series and is available via Netflix.