Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on to star in the comedy, Dinner With Schmucks for DreamWorks/Paramount.

Written by David Guion and Michael Handelman, the French remake focuses on a Paris publisher who urges his friends to invite the most pathetic people possible to his weekly dinner party. Variety adds in the English-language remake, Cohen would play a guest so full of "schmuckiness" that he ruins the lives of anyone who comes into his orbit.

No details on a production schedule for Dinner With Schmucks.