Sacha Baron Cohen Lands 'The Incredible Hulk' Director for 'Grimsby'
Following the success of Now You See Me this year, director Louis Leterrier is on board to direct the gestating sequel. However, we're not sure just when that film will get off the ground. But it sounds like the director of The Incredible Hulk may have another project to keep him busy until that sequel moves forward. Variety reports Leterrier has been hired to direct Grimsby, a spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen. The star of Borat and Bruno pitched the film to Paramount in August with Phil Johnston (writer of Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids) and has been looking for a director who can handle comedy and action.
Other names included D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) to handle the action side of things, but Leterrier ended up winning out in the end. The story follows a British black ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, who is a northern English soccer hooligan. We would bet that Cohen would play the soccer hooligan due to his penchant for comedy, but maybe he'll take the straight-man role this time. Hell, knowing Cohen's predilection for playing a variety of characters, maybe he'll just play both himself. Leterrier made a big push to land the job, making it clear that he wanted it to be his next project. Cool?