Sacha Baron Cohen joins Les Miserables

December 8th, 2011

Sacha Baron Cohen is set to star in 'Les Miserables'.

The 'Hugo' actor - who is best known for comedy roles in films including 'Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan' and 'Borat' - ' will play Monsieur Thenardier in the forthcoming musical, which will be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Tom Hooper, according to The Sun.

Sacha rounds of a huge cast for the film, which includes Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Russell Crowe.

'Glee' actress Lea Michele is also in the frame for a part, playing Eponine, although Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson are also said to be vying for the character.

Tom - who won an Academy Award last year for his work on 'The King's Speech' - recently confessed the movie would be shot in 2-D instead of 3-D, although he had flirted with the idea.

He said: "I can definitely announce it's good old-fashioned 2-D. I did test 3-D and I was very tempted - I think it is a very interesting new form."

Sacha has a number of films out in 2012, including comedy 'The Dictator' and a part in Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'.