The Dictator is an upcoming 2012 American comedy film written by and starring Sacha Baron Cohen. Baron Cohen's fourth film will "tell the story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed", according to distributor Paramount Pictures.
Larry Charles, who previously directed Baron Cohen's mockumentaries Borat and Brüno, will also direct the film. Baron Cohen will star alongside Ben Kingsley and Anna Faris.
Baron Cohen will play the role of Admiral General Aladeen, a dictator from the fictional Middle Eastern country of the Republic of Wadiya. The film is reported to be a departure from Baron Cohen's previous mockumentary films, as The Dictator features a supporting cast of known actors, proper film production camerawork and is not focused entirely on Baron Cohen's character, unlike his films Borat and Brüno, which featured minimal supporting cast, firsthand camerawork, and usually only featured one other known actor besides Baron Cohen.
The film is said to be inspired by the novel Zabibah and the King by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
This genre of film has also been done before in Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, a polemic parody of Hitler. The trailer alludes to the fact that the film is also inspired by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, due to the character's visit to the United States and his all-female security force. Furthermore, the archive news footages of U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in the beginning of the trailer are all excerpts of speeches condemning Gaddafi's actions in the 2011 Libyan civil war.
Footage also shows U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad. And a parody also includes Anwar al-Awlaki. Throughout the trailer, the song "Mundian To Bach Ke" by DJ/producer Panjabi MC featuring Jay-Z played a central role as the film's main theme song. A special version of the trailer was later made for a Super Bowl XLVI commercial advert spot.