Sacha Baron Cohen's next project, The Dictator which is directed by frequent collaborator Larry Charles sees Cohen star along side Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, and Anna Faris in "the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed." Partially inspired by Saddam Hussein's best selling novel, Zabibah and The King the film is currently shooting and today a first image has come online. Hit the jump to check it out.
The image comes via Movieweb.
[Sacha] Baron Cohen plays a ruthless dictator who heads to the U.S. for a meeting at the United Nations and finds that his number two has replaced him with an unsuspecting sheepherder lookalike. As the dictator wanders the city, he meets the owner of an organic food store… She turns around his dictatorial thinking, and there’s a little romance in it as well.
We are not sure how much of the film is improvised as there is a script, penned by Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel hopefully we will get to see a lot of the typical Cohen antics that made Borat and Brüno so good and in some countries so believable. The film arrives May 11th 2012.