Megan Fox has been given a second chance after being fired from the Transformers franchise — she’s set to work with Sacha Baron Cohen in his movie Dictator.
Things weren’t looking too good for Megan after it was revealed that Steven Spielberg was the guy behind her firing. After all, he produces almost everything that hits the silver screen (and he’s starting to take over the small screen, as well). However, Borat director Larry Charles sees something in Megan that others don’t – a comedy star.
Dictator is described as following the “heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.” Sacha Baron Cohen will be playing the role of the oppressor, a spoof of deceased dictator Saddam Hussein (it’s easy to imagine that his take on the character will be similar to Borat — if only the lovelorn American visitor had possessed palaces and power).
Dictator could also be a romantic comedy, since it’s based on a romance novel written by Saddam Hussein himself. In his book Zabibah and the King, he tells the story of a poor but pretty peasant girl whom the powerful leader of Iraq falls in love with. However, she is married to a very cruel man. It would basically be just your average fairytale if it weren’t for the fact that it is a thinly-veiled allegory — the Iraq leader is Saddam; the peasant girl is the Iraqi people; and her rape-happy husband is the U.S. (the rape symbolizes America’s invasion of Iraq).
There’s no word on what character Megan Fox will play in the movie, but it seems very likely that she will be Sacha Baron Cohen’s violated love interest (however, actress Anna Faris is also attached to the film).
The project is definitely sounding rather intriguing, especially since it has to be more scripted than Borat and Bruno, which relied heavily on reactions of real people to Cohen’s outrageous characters. And Megan Fox’s presence in the movie is definitely interesting — after all, the movie seems similar to Charlie Chaplin’s Hitler spoof film The Great Dictator, and Fox did get fired for comparing Michael Bay to the fuehrer. Surely, there’s got to be a joke in there somewhere.