Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on to play Mandrake the Magician in a new film adaptation of the Lee Falk 1930s comic strip for Warner Bros. Pictures and Atlas Entertainment says The Tracking Board.
Additionally, writer/director Etan Coen is set to helm the project and he will develop both this and the already announced remake of “Cannonball Run” simultaneously.
Mandrake is a stage magician and crime fighter who has hypnotic powers that can induce hallucinations. He fights alongside the African ‘Prince of the Seven Nations’ Lothar.
The film’s story will be made contemporary and involve Mandrake being offered the chance to lead a secret mission for the United States Government. No word on when it will begin production.