Kristen Wiig, Anna Faris up for Cohen’s “The Dictator”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: No one’s saying Kristen Wiig isn’t popular. Her “Saturday Night Live” skits usually are the only reason to hit Hulu on a Sunday morning, and her presence actually elevated flat garbage like “MacGruber.”

But when “Bridesmaids” hits later this summer, Wiig is going to blow up. Blow up real good. She’s about to become a major player, and will likely have her pick of choice projects once people see that she can be funny, sweet, raunchy and endearing … usually in the same scene.

So if “The Dictator” producers are smart (and a little bit lucky), they will lock Wiig up for its lead role before “Bridesmaids” catapults her to another stratosphere.

THR says Wiig is one of three actresses being considered for the part opposite Sacha Baron Cohen. Anna Faris and “Community” star Gillian Jacobs are the other two talents reportedly in consideration for a comedy inspired by Saddam Hussein’s novel “Zabibah and the King.” In what sounds like a riff on Charlie Chaplin’s legendary “The Great Dictator,” Cohen would play both a goat-herder and an oppressive dictator.

They really can’t go wrong with Faris or Jacobs. Both ladies are funny, and Cohen likely will do all of the heavy lifting.

But casting Wiig would put “Dictator” on another level. We’ll see if they can get the job done.

“The Dictator” has a May 11, 2012 release date, as of right now.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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