Ben Kingsley Joins Cohen’s “The Dictator”

Ben Kingsley has joined the cast of Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy “The Dictator” at Paramount Pictures reports Variety.

Kingsley will play one of two Middle Eastern men who factor heavily into the plot line in which “Borat” star/creator Cohen plays a deposed heroic dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy never comes to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

Jason Mantzoukas is in negotiations to play the other man. As reported yesterday, Anna Faris, Kristen Wiig and Gillian Jacobs are all in the running for the female lead role of a supermarket worker.

The Larry Charles-directed project kicks off shooting next month in New York and Morocco for a release May 11th 2012.