Borat star Cohen to play Saddam
Published 20/01/2011 | 23:36
Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen's next role will be playing Saddam Hussein.
The British comic, who also starred as Bruno and Ali G, will star in and co-write The Dictator, which is due for release next May, Paramount Pictures said.
Larry Charles, who directed Baron Cohen in Bruno and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, will direct once again.
The Dictator is inspired by a book the former Iraqi leader himself wrote, called Zabibah And The King.
Paramount joked in a news release: "The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed."