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Sacha Baron Cohen in Talks to Star in Showtime Comedy Series

The ‘Ali G Show’ star’s July 4 tweet trolling President Donald Trump teased the upcoming series with the text “Sacha graduates soon” followed by a logo for Trump University.

Sacha Baron Cohen is coming back to television.

The Ali G Show actor and comedian is in talks to star in a new Showtime comedy interview series, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter. Showtime declined to comment.

Cohen’s July 4 tweet trolling President Donald Trump, in which the comedian featured real videos of Trump mocking the actor as the star’s face intermittently flooded the screen, teased the upcoming series with the text “Sacha graduates soon” followed by a logo for Trump University.

Showtime has been doing its own stealth promotion in the last few days with videos teasing a comedy that is “the most dangerous show in the history of television.” (The videos explain that Showtime cannot yet reveal the show because of non-disclosure agreements.) 

The videos promise, “Something huge is coming July 15.”

Though Cohen initially rose to fame as the character Ali G on the U.K. network Channel 4 on The 11 O’Clock Show and Da Ali G Show, in recent years he has primarily starred in films including Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Brothers Grimsby (which he also wrote and produced), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Les Miserables.

That is set to change with the Showtime series and Netflix’s upcoming limited series The Spy, in which Cohen will star as legendary secret agent Eli Cohen, a spy for Israel in Syria in the early 1960s.

Variety was the first to report the Showtime series.


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