Baron Cohen to play Walter Mitty?
Published 19/04/2010 | 12:22
Sacha Baron Cohen is reportedly in talks to star in a remake of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.
The Bruno star has been offered the part of the mild-mannered fantasist, according to movie blog Pajiba.com, in a remake of the iconic 1947 film starring Danny Kaye.
The remake has long been in the pipeline, with several actors attached to play the lead, including Austin Powers star Mike Myers, Jim Carrey and Owen Wilson.
The rights to the film - based on James Thurber's literary character - have also changed hands several times, and are currently owned by 20th Century Fox, who are said to have approached Baron Cohen with the role.
Peter Morgan, writer of award-winning films Frost/Nixon and The Queen, recently redrafted the script. And he changed Mitty's job to a timid megastore boss, from the pulp fiction editor of the original film. When his reputation is put to the test, Walter must prove his ability to save the day.
Plans for a remake have been on and off since 1994, when Jim Carrey was lined up as the star, and at one stage Steven Spielberg was attached to direct.
Until recently Mike Myers was lined up to play the title role, but he is no longer involved and the part has reportedly been offered to Baron Cohen, who married Isla Fisher earlier this year.
Between 1994 and 2007 the script has been in the hands of more than a dozen writers and there is currently no director signed up to the project.