21 Jan '11, 1am

Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame will be playing Saddam Hussein in new movie The Dictator, due out in May 2012

LOS ANGELES - AS IF his portrayals of Borat and Bruno weren't outrageous enough, Sacha Baron Cohen's next role will be playing Saddam Hussein. The British comic will star in and co-write The Dictator, which is scheduled for release in May 2012, Paramount Pictures said on Thursday. Larry Charles, who directed Baron Cohen in Bruno and Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, will direct once again. The Dictator is inspired by a book the former Iraqi leader himself wrote, titled Zabibah and The King. Paramount joked in a news release: 'The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.' -- AP

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