Sacha Baron Cohen has traded stinky jock strap jokes and affected gay mannerisms–or has he?– for a new comedy about a Middle Eastern dictator, reportedly based loosely on Iraq’s deposed strongman Saddam Hussein.

Cohen is teaming up with Larry Charles who directed his 2006 movie “Borat” about Kazakhstan’s exploration of Western culture and 2009’s “Bruno,” about a flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion reporter.

If Sadam is the model, Cohen may have some room for fart jokes, fat man face-sitting, free wheeling penises, naked sushi waiters and more.

Sadam and his two sons, Uday and Qusay were said to harbor some strong sexual perversions not to mention sadistic streaks a mile wide, so there is plenty of material to work with.

The film will be in the same mockumentary style of his two previous efforts.

It will “tell the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed,” according to the distributor, Parmount Pictures.

The trailer is ripped right from the headlines. It opens with film clips of President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Cohen plays off the huge cult of personality that most dictators use to maintain power, down to the palaces, wall-size portraits and festooned military uniforms.

Ben Kingsley and Anna Faris will also star. “The Dictator” is set for release in May 2012. Check out the trailer below.

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