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Anna Faris Joins Sacha Baron Cohen Comedy

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]

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