Sacha Baron Cohen is the latest in a string of actors to star in the long-in-development remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Pajiba reports that 20th Century Fox has offered the title role to the Bruno star. The plans to remake Walter Mitty began in 1994 with Jim Carrey set to star. Since then, the project has passed through several actors (Kevin Anderson, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers), directors (Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Mark Waters, Chuck Russell), and studios (New Line Cinema, Paramount/Dreamworks, 20th Century Fox).
The role of a daydreaming pulp magazine editor whose reality and imagination get mixed up could be a good fit for Cohen, but this would be the first film he’s had to carry that wasn’t based off one of his own characters. Cohen is currently set to play a supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of the children’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. As for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the current draft of the script is begin handled by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon), which now has Mitty working as a mega-store owner. No director is currently attached.