Sacha Baron Cohen’s Saddam Hussein film, THE DICTATOR, to hit on May 11, 2012

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 20th, 2011

While he’s been relatively unseen since his 2009 film, BRUNO, the next couple of years are going to be huge for one Sacha Baron Cohen.

With his upcoming turn in Martin Scorsese’s HUGO CABRET set to bow later this year, Deadline is reporting that his next team up with director BORAT and BRUNO helmer Larry Charles, entitled THE DICTATOR, will be hitting theaters on May 11, 2012.

Based off of the novel Zabibah and The King, the film finds its inspiration in a piece of best-selling literature penned by Saddam Hussein (yes, that Saddam Hussein), and follows a love affair between a ruler of Tikrit in the 8th century and a common woman, who is married to a cruel and unjust man. The thinly veiled piece of political literature sees the US as the megolomaniacal hubbie, the Iraqis as the woman, and Hussein himself as the leader in question. Oh, and it in turn launched a musical and a 20 part mini-series in Iraq. 

All of the above prose may  seem like a political scientist’s fever dream, but the book, despite its insane premise, does truly exist, and will now be spawned into a Sacha Baron Cohen film. Naturally, right? Personally, I think this may be one of the more interesting films slated for a 2012 release, simply because this sounds like the perfect Cohen project. Never one to take it down a notch, this could be something truly absurd, and something truly special.

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