Penelope Cruz Joining Sacha Baron Cohen for 'Grimsby' Comedy
by Ethan Anderton
July 10, 2014
Sacha Baron Cohen already has his gorgeous wife Isla Fisher on board his spy comedy Grimsby at Sony Pictures, but another lovely lately has just entered the mix as well. THR has word that Penelope Cruz is in final talks to join the film about a soccer hooligan (Cohen) forced to team up with his a British black ops agent brother (Mark Strong). It's interesting that Cruz is taking a role in this kind of spy comedy since the actress has been rumored a couple times for a role in the James Bond franchise as one of the signature vixens. But in this film, she'll be playing a philanthropic corporate leader who might be keeping a secret.
That means Cruz could either be an undercover agent, or some kind of villain. She joins a cast that also includes Rebel Wilson, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe and more. This marks just the second time Cohen has led a project that wasn't a mockumentary, and it's without The Dictator and Borat director Larry Charles this time. We'll see how Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) fares with a unique comedic mind like Cohen (see what he looks like in the film here), and whether or not he jives well with Strong, making an interesting turn to a genre that he hasn't had much experience in throughout his career. Sound good?