Sacha Baron Cohen joins Les Miserables

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Based on Arthur Kopit's book for the 1982 Tony Award-winning musical, "Nine" features an all-star cast of Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Sophia Loren, and Kate Hudson. The story centers on Guido Contini (Day-Lewis), a gifted Italian filmmaker who develops writer's block at the age of 50. Looking for some help, he calls on all the women in his life from both the past and present.
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'.