Actor and comedian J.B. Smoove is having a good year! He’s been cast in Paramount’s The Dictator, the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy that is in production in New York.
Smoove, who is returning to HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm later this month, will play the role of “Usher” in the film, though little is known about the character. Details of the film, which is being directed by Borat helmer Larry Charles, are being closely guarded.
The Dictator is the story of despot who “risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed,” according to a Paramount press release. The film is said to be inspired by the novel Zabibah and The King by Saddam Hussein.
Smoove, who is launching an original comedy website in late July called TheRuckus.com, is also set to appear in Fox’s forthcoming We Bought a Zoo and The Sitter. Megan Fox and John C. Reilly will cameo in The Dictator, which also features Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley and Jason Mantzoukas.