Anna Faris Joins Sacha Baron Cohen Comedy

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Anna Faris attends Relativity Media presents the premiere of "Take Me Home Tonight" held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 on March 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Relativity Media) Photo: Frazer Harrison/2011 Getty Images

Though her struggles to launch a good, female-toplined comedy have made for good New Yorker reading, Anna Faris just landed a role that will be a little less taxing (though much more high-profile): She's negotiating to play the love interest in the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator. The film casts Baron Cohen in dual roles as both a cruel dictator and the hapless double who's picked to supplant him (not Dominic Cooper this time); after the dictator is replaced, he eventually falls for Faris's NYC organic-food-store owner. Middle East tyrants: So hot right now! [Deadline]