Anna Faris to Star Opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in 'The Dictator'

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"Borat" director Larry Charles is set to direct the Paramount comedy.

Anna Faris is in negotiations to play the female lead in The Dictator, the new comedy Sacha Baron Cohen is doing for Paramount.

Larry Charles, who directed Borat, is back in the helming saddle for the Paramount movie, which has been described as "the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed." Cohen is said to play dual roles of a goat herder and a deposed foreign ruler who gets lost in the U.S.

Ben Kingsley and Jason Mantzoukas are also in the movie, playing fellows from the Middle East.

Faris will play the owner of a Whole Foods-style store in New York.

The movie is being done in a similar manner as Borat in the sense that Cohen and his team are looking for people with very strong improvisational skills.

THR reported last week that Faris along with Kristen Wiig and Community’s Gillian Jacobs were reading for the part.

The movie is aiming to start June 5 in New York and Spain.

Faris, repped by Gersh and Anonymous Content, next stars in What’s Your Number?. The movie, which also counts Chris Evans, Zachary Quinto and Joel McHale among its cast members, opens Sept. 30.