Sacha Baron Cohen to Star in Spy Comedy Spoof ‘Grimsby’

By December 3, 2013

Sacha Baron Cohen

Are spy spoofs going to be the new “it” thing in Hollywood? Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig is working on Susan Cooper with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham, and now The Hollywood Reporter brings word that funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen will send up guys like Bond and Bourne in his own spoof of the genre.

In the film, a Bond-like spy “is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan.” (No doubt Vinnie Jones patiently waits by the phone for the call asking him to play the brother.) But it’s not the genre, the logline, or the star that’s the most surprising element of this story – it’s the director.

Louis Leterrier

Paramount has chosen Louis Leterrier to helm the picture. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, let me run down the projects he’s directed: Unleashed, Transporter 2, The Incredible Hulk (that’s the Ed Norton one), Clash of the Titans, and Now You See Me. Not much in the way of comedy on that resume so far, but I’m always interested in seeing directors go outside their comfort zones a little and try new things, and with a dynamic personality like SBC in front of the camera, Leterrier shouldn’t have too much trouble putting the pieces together.

The script comes from Cohen and Phil Johnston (who co-wrote the very funny Wreck-It Ralph), so it seems the project is in good hands. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if a few more projects in this same vein are announced for it to officially become a new trend.

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