Ben Kingsley joining the cast of The Dictator

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Sir Ben Kingsley has signed on to star alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in comedy The Dictator .

Variety report that Kingsley will play a Middle Eastern character in the film, as will Jason Mantzoukas.

Still remaining to be cast is the role of a female lead, with Kristen Wiig, Anna Faris and Gillian Jacobs all apparently under consideration.

The Dictator follows the titular tyrant, who risks his own life in order to make sure that his land never becomes a playground for democracy.

Cohen will play the dictator himself, as well as a goat herder. Larry Charles is in the director’s chair, and filming kicks off in May.

The Dictator opens 11 May, 2012.