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Borat star Cohen to play Saddam

Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen's next role will be playing Saddam Hussein.

The British comic, who also starred as Bruno and Ali G, will star in and co-write The Dictator, which is due for release next May, Paramount Pictures said.

Larry Charles, who directed Baron Cohen in Bruno and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, will direct once again.

The Dictator is inspired by a book the former Iraqi leader himself wrote, called Zabibah And The King.

Paramount joked in a news release: "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."

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