Paramount has released the first official photo of Sacha Baron Cohen in costume as the title character of The Dictator (coming May 2012), his upcoming spoof about a deposed foreign despot. Baron Cohen — of Brüno fame and Borat infamy — will also play a goat-herder in the movie, which reteams him with director Larry Charles. Check out the full image below:
We’re getting a definite Gaddafi vibe, what with the unruly hair and Sgt. Pepper jacket. Plus, Baron Cohen’s stone-faced glare promises more of the comedian’s trademark deadpan antics. And the sunglasses… are those a plot clue? Could he be headed for the wilds of Los Angeles, perhaps? We’ll just have to wait and see. What do you make of it?