Sacha Baron Cohen’s New Movie Is Based On Saddam Hussein’s Romance Novel

Sacha Baron Cohen is all about controversy. I mean, it takes balls to kiss another man in a cage fighting ring and start a near riot of fans outside the wires. But Sacha’s new project, “The Dictator,” is a little different. The movie’s source material is Zabibah and the King. Yes, the romance novel written by Saddam Hussein. The story is about a nice, sweet ruler who falls in love with a woman who is married to a horrifyingly abusive man. The book is an allegory—the ruler is, of course, Saddam and the abusive husband is the mean ol’ US of A. Sacha will play the Sadaam role in this one. And three ladies have read for the part of the woman he loves—Anna Faris, Kristen Wiig and Gillian Jacobs of the majorly underrated show “Community.” What do you think—will this movie be great or tacky? Not that those two are mutually exclusive. [Huffington Post]

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