Anna Faris Now Confirmed for 'The Dictator' with Sacha Baron Cohen
Just recently a trio of names cropped up to snag the lead female role opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in his new comedy The Dictator from Borat and Brüno director Larry Charles. While Gillian Jacobs and Kristen Wiig were in the running, Deadline says it's Anna Faris who is now in negotiations to star in the comedy about 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. As the dictator wanders the city, he meets the owner of an organic food store (Faris). She starts affecting the dictator's thinking and a romance blossoms.
Even if Faris doesn't always make the best comedies, she's one of the few actresses outside of "Saturday Night Live" cast members who work exclusively in comedy and constantly lead their own films. She doesn't tickle everyone's funny bone, but I've always found her to be a genuine and mostly funny talent on screen. And since producers were looking for someone with strong improvisational skills to work with Cohen, she obviously knows how to think on her feet and turn on the funny at a moment's notice. Can't wait to see how the first non-mockumentary film from Cohen and Charles turns out, especially with Ben Kingsley also involved. How about you?