The first trailer has been released for The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen’s take on a Middle Eastern tyrant. The man who brought us such characters as Ali G, Borat, and Bruno stars as a Muammar Gaddafi-esque despot who is sent to the United States in exile and spends his time there riding camels down Fifth Avenue, ziplining across Manhattan and sleeping with Megan Fox. The film has an interesting supporting cast which includes John C. Reilly, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, and The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi, with Larry Charles directing again. I’m certainly intrigued by The Dictator, and Sacha Baron Cohen looks to have created another memorable character here, but after the disappointment of Bruno I have my reservations. This trailer hasn’t exactly convinced me that the film will be as outrageously funny as Borat or have much social commentary to offer, but hopefully it’s just an average first trailer and the best jokes have been saved for the film.
The Dictator opens May 11, 2012. Watch the first trailer below (via Slashfilm).