Larry Charles Reunites with Sacha Baron Cohen for 'The Dictator'
They collaborated for the innovative but annoyingly quotable comedy Borat and followed it up with the less impressive Brüno, and now it looks like director Larry Charles and the bold and daring comedic mind of Sacha Baron Cohen are together again. 24 Frames has learned that Charles is now attached to direct The Dictator, a film we'd heard about a couple times before which will have Cohen playing two different roles: a goat herder and a deposed foreign dictator who gets lost in the United States. It's not clear how or even if the stories will be linked, but the movie itself is apparently a mix of Coming to America and Trading Places.
Thankfully, it sounds like this comedy won't have the documentary style of their previous endeavors, and Charles has had plenty of experience writing and directing non-documentary infused comedies as he's previously worked on shows like "Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Entourage." As for Cohen, his roles outside of his signature characters have been enjoyable (Sweeney Todd, Talladega Nights), so it will be nice to see him take on two different characters in a more traditional narrative comedy like this. The actor is currently filming Martin Scorsese's adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but once he's finished shooting overseas, he'll begin working on The Dictator. It'll be interesting to see if audiences are as interested in a comedy like this as opposed to a comedy like Borat. What do you think?