Kristen Wiig, Anna Faris and Gillian Jacobs All Up for 'The Dictator'
Last November we learned that director Larry Charles and Sacha Baron Cohen, the duo who teamed up to bring us Borat and Brüno would collaborate again, but this time with a non-mockumentary feature film called The Dictator. Then we heard Saddam Hussein's best-selling novel Zabibah and the King inspired the story which sees a dictator risk his life to ensure democracy will never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. Now we have word from THR that Kristen Wiig (Paul), Anna Faris, and Gillian Jacobs ("Community") have emerged as the latest frontrunners for the lead female role opposite of Cohen.
Though the film isn't a mockumentary like their previous work, Cohen, Charles and the producers still want someone with strong improvisational skills. As a matter of fact, they even say that the part could end up going to someone outside of these three contenders. It's unclear how the female role comes into play with the story, especially since it seems that Cohen is still playing dual roles as the titular foreign ruler and a goat herder (once again we're not sure where that character comes into play with the story). However, one role that seems to be locked down is Jason Mantzoukas ("The League") as Cohen's sidekick. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what Cohen has up his sleeve with this project. How about you?
Reader Feedback - 4 Comments
What a premise! this could be gold. Farris has the best comedy chops out of the group (though maybe not improv wise), Wiig is overrated.
Lebowski on Apr 28, 2011
@Lebowski True words. Farris is great. Wiig is already stale.
DAVID on Apr 28, 2011
britta!!!!gillian jacobs rules!!
alex on Jul 28, 2011
no doubt gillian should get it!she's a really an awesome actress and funny without even trying!!!
MOVIE EXPERT on Jul 28, 2011
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