'Homeland,' 'Hercules,' 'Precious' Stars Joins Sacha Baron Cohen Comedy 'Grimsby' (Exclusive)

David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Johnny Vegas
David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Johnny Vegas
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Grimsby, the upcoming spy spoof starring Sacha Baron Cohen, has added Hercules actor Ian McShane, Homeland's David Harewood, Precious star Gabourey Sidibe and English comedian Johnny Vegas to the cast.

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Now You See Me helmer Louis Leterrier is directing the Sony film from a script by Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham. The story centers on a British black ops spy (Mark Strong) who’s forced to go on the run and team up with his idiotic English football hooligan brother, played by Baron Cohen. The roles of the new additions to the cast currently are under wraps.

The comedy is produced by Baron Cohen and Nira Park, and executive produced by Louise Rosner, Todd Schulman, Johnston, Baynham, James Biddle, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Ant Hines and Adam McKay.

McShane next will be seen in Brett Ratner's Hercules opposite Dwayne Johnson, and his other upcoming projects include The Man on Carrion Road and El Niño. Among his past credits are Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Snow White and the Huntsman and We Are Marshall. On the TV side, he’s appeared on American Horror Story, Kings and Deadwood. He is repped by ICM, Independent Talent Group in the U.K., Gallant Management and Nelson Davis Wetzstein.

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Harewood played David Estes, the deputy director of the CIA's counterterrorism center, on Showtime's hit Homeland. His upcoming films include Free in Deed and Superbob. He's repped by APA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Conway van Gelder Grant in the U.K.

Sidibe, who was the breakout star in 2009's Precious, most recently appeared on hit FX show American Horror Story; her recent film credits include Shailene Woodley-starrer White Bird in a Blizzard and Seven Psychopaths. She's repped by UTA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Felker Toczek.

Vegas has appeared on several BBC sitcoms, including BBC Three's Ideal, and most recently voiced a character on The Harry Hill Movie. He's repped by Independent Talent Group in the U.K.

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