Sacha Baron Cohen signs Paramount first-look deal

March 1st, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen has signed a first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.

The British comedy star - who shocked worldwide audiences at the Academy Awards when he dressed as General Alladeen from his new movie 'The Dictator' and spilt the ''ashes'' of Kim Jong-Il over Ryan Seacrest - has committed to a three-year deal with the studio, which will also work with him to nurture new talent in the UK.

Brad Grey, chairman of Paramount Pictures, said: ''Sacha is a comic genius. A wildly talented writer, actor and filmmaker. Beyond that he is a rare global comedy star. On behalf of all of us at Paramount, we welcome Sacha and look forward to 'The Dictator' and many more great pictures for some years to come.''

'The Dictator' is a comedic look at a Middle Eastern autocrat who is desperately trying to stop democracy coming to his country.

Alongside Sacha as the lead role, Sir Ben Kingsley and Anna Faris also star.

The movie is set to be released in the US on May 11 and on May 16 in the UK.