Actress Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge, Casa de Mi Padre) has signed on to star in the Universal Pictures comedy Identity Thief.

The story centers on a woman (Melissa McCarthy) who successfully steals the identity of an unwitting man (Jason Bateman). Genesis Rodriguez will play the associate of a crime boss who comes looking for Melissa McCarthy's character, after she swindles some money from their organization. Amanda Peet, Jon Favreau, John Cho, Clark Duke, Morris Chestnut, and Maggie Elizabeth Jones also star.

Seth Gordon will direct from an original screenplay by Steve Conrad, which was rewritten by Craig Mazin. No production schedule was released for the comedy.