The world's most famous agent has met his match. Sacha Baron Cohen is taking on James Bond -- in a spoof!
The actor is known for his over the top characters such as Borat, Bruno and Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen from The Dictator. Now, we can add a "007" knock-off to his growing roster.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cohen and his partner Phil Johnston have sold a pitch to Paramount Pictures for a comedy centering on a James Bond-like character. In the film, the spy "is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan.”
Even though Cohen came up with the idea, he's not locked into the role. His taking the lead depends on his availability. He's a very busy man. He's currently attached to an untitled Sherlock Holmes project, as well as the long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic.
This is a timely pick by Paramount, who's probably riding the wave of Bond's recent publicity. The latest film in the series, Skyfall, is slated to hit theaters in November. A new trailer was just released and Bond (Daniel Craig) even had a part in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
It looks like Cohen's just striking the iron while it's hot.
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