Sacha Baron Cohen To Star In And Produce True Story Comedy The Lesbian
Sacha Baron Cohen is coming off a bit of a slip. Best known for his outrageous characters, he tried to recapture the magic of Borat earlier this year with The Dictator, but the movie opened at #3 at the box office and wasn't able to make its budget back domestically (though it did better internationally). His next project will hopefully allow him to bounce back and now it appears that he may have found it.
Deadline reports that Baron Cohen and his Four By Two Films label are currently developing a new project at Paramount Pictures called The Lesbian. The film is based on the true story of Cecil Chao, a billionaire in Hong Kong, who - in a ridiculous display of homophobia - offered up $65 million to any man who could get Chao's lesbian daughter to marry them. The conflict was actually resolved in recent weeks when Chao's daughter was able to get a "French church [to] bless her relationship with her longtime girlfriend." While no specifics were given, it would appear that Baron Cohen will play the billionaire - though one can hope that he won't try and play a person from Hong Kong. Neither a writer or a director has been hired for the film as of yet.
Baron Cohen will next be seen in Tom Hooper's upcoming musical adaptation of Les Miserables, in which he will play the role of Thenardier. That film, which also stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Helena Bonham Carter, will be in theaters on December 25th.
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