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Release dates are are one of the most easily changed things in Hollywood. In a split second a movie can be shifted from a blockbuster release in June to a hide-me-from-the-masses date in January. They do, however, sometimes give us insight into how much confidence a studio has in a project, and if that's so, then Paramount is high on The Dictator.
The studio has sent out a press release announcing that the next collaboration between Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles has officially been given a May 11, 2012 release date. The project will be the third film that Cohen and Charles have done together, after Borat and Bruno in 2006 and 2009, respectively. Based on a script by former Seinfeld writers Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel, Cohen will star in a dual role as both a ruthless dictator and a goat herder. The release also has the first look at the film's logline, which reads:
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.
Cohen is notoriously picky about the projects that he decides to do - which would explain why he's only made three movies in the last five years. With this in mind, let's hope that The Dictator is as funny as advertised. No point in wasting good Sacha Baron Cohen.