Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘The Dictator’ Gets A Release Date

Thursday, January 20 by

We’ve previously reported that Sacha Baron Cohen and his Borat conspirator Larry Charles were working on a comedy called The Dictator, in which Sacha Baron Cohen would play a dual role, that of a deposed foreign dictator and a goat herder. Now the actual release date has been announced: May 11, 2012. And we even have more info on the plot, for those of you who like to know about everything that happens in a movie before you go (or don’t) see it:

“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. It is inspired by the best selling novel, Zabibah and The King, by Saddam Hussein.”

OK, so apparently Saddam Hussein wrote a romance novel, which is now (loosely, I resume) serving as an inspiration to a comedy by Larry Charles and Sacha Baron Cohen. So a novel written by a dictator that is not about a dictator is being loosely adapted into a movie about a dictator called The Dictator. Wow. I wonder if Saddam will get a story credit. (Deadline)

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