July 02, 2008 06:35:21 GMT
Borat's own funny man has been touted to play the famous detective with signature magnifying glass in the latest comedy movie to be produced by the 'Knocked Up' filmmaker.
Well known for his eccentric characters in various feature films, including "Borat", Sacha Baron Cohen is gearing up to tickle laughters out of moviegoers with another comedic role. This time, he has been signed by Columbia Pictures to impersonate the famous witty detective Sherlock Holmes in a new untitled comedy project, "Untitled Sherlock Holmes Project".
For the project, the British comedian will share screen with fellow funny man Will Ferrell who has been tapped to star as Holmes' crime-solving partner, Watson. Additionally, he is going to team up with "Knocked Up" filmmaker, Judd Apatow. This project won't be the first film in which Cohen works with Ferrell and Apatow. Back in 2006, he has co-starred with the "Semi-Pro" star in Apatow-produced "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby".
Reasoning on the pairing of the two comical men, Columbia Pictures' co-president Matt Tolmach noted that the pair would make a great Holmes and Watson team. "Just the idea of Sacha and Will as Sherlock Holmes and Watson makes us laugh," he shared. "Sacha and Will are two of the funniest and most talented guys on the planet, and having them take on these two iconic characters is frankly hilarious."
The yet to be titled movie is inspired by the original Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" tales. It will be scripted by "Tropic Thunder" own Etan Cohen. The project is different from Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" simply because Ritchie's will be adapting the true tale of the master detective for Warner Bros. Pictures.