Megan Fox and John C. Reilly Join Sacha Baron Cohen’s THE DICTATOR

     June 21, 2011

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Megan Fox may not be shaking her booty in front of exploding robots and rotating cameras next week in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but it looks like she’s managed to keep her career going anyways (A hot girl succeeding in Hollywood? How’s that possible?). It’s been announced that both Fox and John C. Reilly will be bringing their various assets to the upcoming Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator, which is currently shooting in New York. Security is tight and little has been revealed about the film beyond Cohen’s comically large beard, but the cast is looking pretty impressive with support work also coming from Anna Farris and Sir Ben Kingsley. Hit the jump for more on the project.

dictator-movie-image-sacha-baron-cohen-hi-res-01According to THR, Megan Fox appears to have kicked off a comedy career with her upcoming roles in The Dictator, Friends With Kids, and Judd Apatow’s midlife crisis comedy This Is Forty. Whether she can hold her own against some major comedic talent remains to be seen, but we can assume that Sacha Baron Cohen will make some sort of off color remarks about getting access to her lovely lady parts at some point during The Dictator. It’s unclear who she or John C. Reilly (if there’s anyone who could steal a scene from Cohen, this is the guy) will play in the movie, but given their late addition to the cast, they probably won’t have major roles.

It would be great to know what Cohen has up his sleeve for his first fully scripted comedy, but the secrecy could end up being a blessing. The vague description that’s been released describes the film as “the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.” Cohen will apparently be playing both the dictator and a lowly goat herder. Wacky accents will inevitably ensue. The concept sounds right up Cohen’s alley and the guy certainly has a strong line up of talent behind him with Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm veterans Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer sharing script duties, and Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno, Religulous) returning to the director’s chair.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s last two movies were cripplingly hilarious and produced a visceral audience reaction like few comedies I’ve ever seen. Hopefully The Dictator can bring the funny like those two movies, but given that Cohen spent a decade developing his Borat and Bruno personas before binging them to the big screen, it’s difficult to say. The comedian is definitely talented though and at this point it’s unlikely that he’d write a movie for himself just for the money. Hopefully this will be a worthy follow up and not some sort of Love Guru disaster. Fingers crossed.

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