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The Dictator

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The Dictator: J.B. Smoove joins the cast

  • J.B. Smoove (TV's "Curb your Enthusiasm") has joined the cast of "The Dictator", which stars Sacha Baron Cohen.
    The comedy, said to be inspired by the novel Zabibah and The King by Saddam Hussein, tells the story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

  • Smoove is set to play a character called Usher.



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    Tue July 5, 2011 | Source: The Hollywood Reporter

The Dictator: Anna Faris in talks to join

  • Anna Faris is in negotiations to join Sacha Baron Cohen in "The Dictator", the comedy that Larry Charles ("Bruno") is directing.
    Baron Cohen stars as a ruthless dictator who heads to the U.S. for a meeting at the United Nations and finds that his number two has replaced him with an unsuspecting sheepherder lookalike.

  • Faris would play the owner of an organic food store that the dictator meets as he wanders the city.



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    Mon May 2, 2011 | Source: Deadline

The Dictator: Jason Mantzoukas to join the cast

  • Jason Mantzoukas is in negotiations to join the cast of comedy "The Dictator", which will star Sacha Baron Cohen in the dual roles of a goat herder and a deposed foreign ruler who gets lost in the U.S.

  • Mantzoukas is set to play his sidekick.

  • Additionally, Kristen Wiig, Anna Faris, and Gillian Jacobs are rumored to be the frontrunners for the female lead, after testing recently.

  • Filming is scheduled to start next month in locations in New York and Morocco.



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    Wed April 27, 2011 | Source: The Hollywood Reporter

The Dictator: Larry Charles to direct

  • Larry Charles ("Bruno") has been set to direct "The Dictator", an adaptation of the book "Zabibah and The King" by Saddam Hussein.

  • The story follows a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

  • The film is scheduled to be released on May 11, 2012.



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    Thu January 20, 2011 | Source: Deadline

Untitled Sacha Baron Cohen Comedy: Paramount picks up the rights

  • Paramound picked up the new untitled Sacha Baron Cohen comedy.

  • Cohen is writing the script with Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel.

  • Cohen also will also star in the film playing both a goat herder and a deposed foreign dictator who gets lost in the United States.


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    Fri April 23, 2010 | Source: Deadline



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