(LOS ANGELES) – Sacha Baron Cohen, star of the popular and controversial movies Borat and Brüno, will be returning to the big screen in a starring role in 2012. Cohen’s new movie, The Dictator, is an adaptation of Zabibah and The King, a ghost written book published in 2000 about a dictator and his people.
The film will be released by Paramount Pictures, which says the movie is "the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed." Larry Charles, who directed both Borat and Brüno, will direct this movie as well.
Cohen, 39, received much criticism for Borat, which parodied local townspeople in Kazakhstan without them realizing they were in a movie.
Paramount has set an expected release date of May 2012.
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