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?