Anna Faris is in talks for the female lead in Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy The Dictator for Paramount Pictures. Last week we reported that Anna Faris, Kristen Wiig, and Gillian Jacobs were the front runners for the female lead, which has now been offered to Anna Faris.
The story centers around Sacha Baron Cohen's character, a dictator who travels to America for a meeting at the United Nations. However, he discovers his second in command has replaced the dictator with a look-alike sheepherder. Anna Faris will play an organic food store owner who meets the dictator and gives him a fresh outlook on life, and perhaps a bit of romance as well. Here's the official logline which was released by Paramount recently.
"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."
Larry Charles is directing The Dictator from a script by Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, David Mandel, and Dan Mazer. Production is scheduled to begin in May, with shooting to take place in New York City and Monaco.