The Dictator is shaping up to be the next epic comedy film—possibly not to the degree of promise of some other developing projects, but something with a lot of awesome packed into it just the same.
The newest addition to that awesome package is writer/actor B.J. Novak, who is reported to be playing a small role in the film.
This will be Sacha Baron Cohen’s first starring role in a feature not derivative of his Da Ali G Show series. However, that’s not to say this role looks like a huge departure from the type of character he usually plays: foreign, ignorant, and highly misunderstood—by others and himself.
Novak is known as The Office’s straight-man/insensitive boyfriend/evil boss/“rehabilitating” criminal/hipster caricature Ryan Howard. He also had a large role in Inglourious Basterds as one of the titular Nazi-hunting Jewish-American soldiers who accompanied Brad Pitt’s Aldo Raine in carrying out the film’s ultimate mission.
The slew of stars in supporting roles in The Dictator includes mandatory-castmember-if-you’re-making-a-comedy-nowadays John C. Reilly, actor-so-sophisticated-I’d-be-terrified-to-meet-him-in-person Ben Kingsley, the-face-of-the-Scary Movie-series Anna Faris and Larry David’s 7th-season-righthand-man-on-Curb J.B. Smoove, and, of course, Megan Fox.